ASUS Ultimate Pro Gamer’s Bundle

Gamers are in for a treat from ASUS. For a limited time only, if you avail of the ASUS R9 280 DirectCU II Top Edition, you can get the ASUS Cerberus Gaming Headset for only Php 45.00. That is not a typo. Normally, the ASUS Cerberus sets you around Php 3,990.00. The ASUS Radeon R9 280 DirectCU II Top Edition features ASUS’ DirectCU II cooling technology which can provide an up to 20% reduction in temperature with less noise. Also, it’s OC’d by 50Mhz out-of-the-box. If you’re looking to upgrade your GPU, now’s the right time. Promo runs from August 8, 2014 to September 8, 2014 ASUS Radeon R9 280 DirectCU II Top Edition Graphics Engine: AMD Radeon R9 280 Bus Standard: PCI Express 3.0 Video Memory: GDDR5 3GB Engine Clock: GPU Boost Clock : 980 MHz GPU Base Clock : 874 MHz Memory Clock: 5200 MHz ( 1300 MHz GDDR5 ) Memory Interface: 384-bit Resolution: DVI Max Resolution : 2560×1600 Interface: DVI Output : Yes x 1 (DVI-I), Yes x 1 (DVI-D) HDMI Output : Yes x 1 Display Port : Yes x 1 (Regular DP) HDCP Support : Yes Accessories: 1 x CrossFire cable Software: ASUS GPU Tweak & Driver Dimensions: 11.2 ” x 5.7 ” x 1.5 ” Inch 28.448 x 14.478 x3.81 Centimeter SRP: PhP 16,480.00 Related posts: Sony HMZ-T3 Personal 3D Viewer Sony Intros Action Cam HDR-AS100V and Action Cam HDR-AS30V Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker Review WeChat partners with ZALORA and Lazada JBL Synchros S100a In Ear Headphone Review NudeAudio Monochrome Black Collection Bluetooth Speakers Now...

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Audio Technica ES500 Headphones Review

Aug 03, 14 Audio Technica ES500 Headphones Review

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I’m about to introduce the younger sibling of the ATH-ES700. You can read more about the ATH-ES700 here. At first glance, you won’t notice any difference between the two as they are almost built the same. The major difference being that the ES500 is powered by smaller 40 mm drivers. Obviously built for listening on-the-go as the ES500 is lighter than the ES700 by 40g. It’s seriously lightweight that bringing it on your daily commute is a delight. Clamping force is enough for it to not fall off your head without being too tight. The earpad’s pleather is the same material with the ES700 and is comfortable. One difference is also the headband doesn’t have a thick padding like that of the ES700, but it’s weight compensates for the comfort you’ll miss from the padding. The 40mm drivers feel a bit lacking on the low-end and high-end spectrum, but the vocals are spot on and surprisingly, the sound stage is wide on these ones. I’m not a fan of booming bass, but this one really lacks in the bass department. I tested the ES500 with Sitti’s Café Bossa album. The vocals are crystal clear and you can identify the extra set of percussions on the set, but disappoints on the low end. Tried a few rock songs with Razorback’s Star album, the riffs are able to compensate the lack of bass and the separation of the instruments provide the listener a wide sound stage that doesn’t drown the vocals. Pop songs that are vocal heavy do shine on the ES500, but for a few bucks more, I’d suggest to grab the big brother, which is the ES700. Now for the price range, there are better choices than the ATH-ES500 as I find its performance really lacking maybe in an effort to breach the entry-level market space. But I think the ES700 is the better one in terms of price/performance ratio. Audio Technica ES500 Specifications: Type: Closed-back, dynamic Driver: 40mm Freq. Response: 10 – 25,000...

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Audio Technica ES700 Headphones Review

Aug 03, 14 Audio Technica ES700 Headphones Review

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Following the success of the ATH-ES7, Audio Technica ups the ante with the ATH-ES700. It’s made of stainless steel and a minimalist enough headband for bringing it on the road. The closed back design makes it suitable for commuting as it blocks out most of the noise and wouldn’t bother people next to you on the train with what you’re listening to. The first thing you’ll notice when comparing the ES700 to the ES7 is the improvement they made on the head pad. The thicker and softer headband makes long listening sessions a delightful experience. The pleather on the ear pads is also very comfortable. The ES700 weighs in at 160g, and it feels like you’re not wearing one at all. The clamping force is also pretty light but enough for it to be stable on your head while moving. The ES700 is powered by 42 mm drivers, which delivers an expanded audio range, more specifically in the lower end. I find the ES700’s bass response a bit more pronounced but not much as to drown the mids and the highs. Listening to the re-mastered version of Bob Marley & The Wailers, you get a wide range of its performance. From the percussions to the vocals, everything was balanced and the bass has got that satisfactory boom. The ES700 is capable of delivering a wide range of genre but the sound stage may be a little tight to some, which is expected for closed-back design headphones. I gave it a go with Dream Theater’s Images and Words and Metropolis Part I blew me away. Each section was delivered clear and spaced. Now I guess, where the ES700 really shines is when I started to listen to Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories. Pharrell Williams’ vocals really shine on these cans combined with the tight bass, it’s an experience like no other. It seems that the weakness of the ES700 is with the high frequencies. I played Kenny G.’s Breathless album, and the highs seem just...

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Audio Technica A700x Headphones Review

Aug 03, 14 Audio Technica A700x Headphones Review

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Warning: these headphones can be a gateway to the expensive world of audiophile equipment. If you’re looking for a balanced signature sound without breaking your bank, the A700x is a great way to start your venture in the Audiophile world. The A700x is not that hard to power but an amp can greatly improve its performance, too bad I don’t have a portable amp here with me. Playing these from my desktop’s built-in sound card, they provide ample volume for you to enjoy your music with much less distraction from outside noise. Using it with an iPod Touch 5th gen also produces the same volume. Despite having a closed-back design, the A700x’s sound stage is wide. It’s all thanks to the 53mm driver that’s also used in Audio Technica’s AD700, which on the contrary, is more open. Despite the huge drivers, the A700x is unbelievably light at 290g. You won’t have any problems with long listening sessions with these cans. The A700x produces a warm and bright signature sound. Listening to reggae tracks definitely puts me in a calm and relaxing mood. The sound stage is wide enough, you’ll forget that you’re using a closed-back headphone. The highs and mids are bright and warm especially when listening to classical music and jazz. The instruments are greatly differentiated especially when listening to a live recording of a concert. The bass is not that pronounced, but it provides the oomph to harmonically blend with the guitar tracks. The A700x will definitely fulfill a budding audiophile’s need. For the price, you definitely won’t go wrong with these cans. Comfortable, stylish, excellent sound quality, at a price that won’t have you breaking the bank. Audio Technica A700x Specifications: Type: Closed-back, dynamic, double air damping system Driver: 53mm Freq. Response: 5 – 35,000 Hz Max. Input Power: 1,000 mW Sensitivity: 100 dB/mW Impedance: 38 ohms Weight: 290g Cable: 3.0m cloth sheath (OFC) Accessories: Detachable ¼” (6.3mm) adapter Audio Technica A700x has an SRP of Php 10,499 Related posts: Logitech...

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LG L70 DUAL Review

Jul 01, 14 LG L70 DUAL Review

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Hitting the mid-level smartphone range is the LG L70 Dual. Earlier, we reviewed its younger sibling, the LG L40. If you’re looking for more firepower, the L70 is a few thousand pesos higher than the L40, but I assure you it’s well worth the jump. Let’s start with its design. The L70 is sleek and thin measuring only 9.5mm on its thinnest side. It uses a 4.5” IPS LCD with 16 million colors on a 480×800 resolution. The screen provides the user with crisp and vivid images which is great for reading and watching movies. The buttons are physically the same as the L40. You have the volume buttons on the left, power/lock button on the right, USB slot on the bottom and a 3.5mm jack at the top. It has 4 touch keys on the bottom: Back, Home, Menu and the Dual Sim key. The buttons are fairly intuitive, even for first time Android users. The buttons are responsive, but the absense of backlighting makes it hard to use in the dark. The L70’s body is sleek and it does feel solid to hold. The back cover makes it easy to grip and unlikely to slip from your hand. You can see the camera and the flash on the back. For day to day use, the L70 provides the user an average amount of standby time with its 2,100 mAh battery. I tested it under heavy use with data services on and it managed to hold around 6 hours of battery life. The on-screen keyboard is just lovely to use. It’s very accurate and I find typing on it easier than on my S4. The screen is also responsive and playing casual games on it is a joy. Having a Dual-core A7 1.2ghz processor and 1GB of ram makes the L70 run Android KitKat relatively smoothly and can run your everyday Android app without a hiccup. A Quickwindow Folio Case which allows you to check the screen and check notifications instantly is also available for the L70. Same with the newly...

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LG L40 Dual Review

Jun 18, 14 LG L40 Dual Review

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When we typically hear “budget” phones, one of the things that come into our minds is bare essentials. In the smartphone arena, it means sacrificing performance and extra features for a working phone that can send SMS, make a call, browse the web, and even run basic apps for traffic, weather, and even GPS tracking. Then comes LG with their new line of L series smartphone. The LG L40 is the entry-level smartphone for those on a budget that seeks more performance than your average budget phone. Yes, this is not your typical budget phone. Let’s start with the design. This is an Android phone with a 3.5 inch screen. It uses an IPS LCD, which is similarly used in high flat panels for a more accurate and vivid viewing experience. Despite it having only 320×480 pixels, watching YouTube videos is easy on the eyes, as well as reading e-books, though you might be limited on the PDF side because of the 3.5” screen. You’ll get the standard setup, volume buttons on the left and the power/lock button on the right. It has 4 touch keys on the bottom of the screen: Back, Home, Menu and the Dual Sim key. It puts at a disadvantage if you’re using it in the dark as the keys are not backlit. The build is solid as the body is made of aluminum and doesn’t feel like a cheap phone at all. It’s easy to grip as well because of the dotted back design, as compared to a glossy, smooth back cover. Now for everyday use. How can you make use of your smartphone with its battery drained out? Gone are the days of having to go 1 week without the trouble of looking for an outlet. A high-end smartphone can handle about 4-6 hours under heavy use, and about half a day for standard use. The 1,540mAh is enough to keep the L40 Dual going for about 8 hours of heavy use with 3G activated. Watching movies...

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LG L70 Dual Hands-on and Unboxing

Jun 06, 14 LG L70 Dual Hands-on and Unboxing

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Update: LG L70 Dual Review here. You’ve seen the LG L40, now see its older sibling, the mid-entry Android 4.4.2 KitKat phone, the LG 70 DUAL. They both sport the same candy-bar look, only the LG 70 is obviously larger with its 4.5” screen. If you want an affordable mid-range Android phone, the LG 70 is LG’s player in the marketplace. The LG L70 is packaged with the bare necessities for an Android smartphone. You’ll get 1x data cable, 1x power adapter and a pair of earphones. It feels light and yet the build of the phone is solid, despite the plastic casing it’s housed in. It doesn’t feel cheap to hold. The back cover has a non-slip dotted design that ensures a non-slip surface. You’ll also find the 5 megapixel camera equipped with an LED flash at the back. The standard volume up/down is placed on the left side of the phone, with the lock/power button on the other side. A standard 3.5mm stereo jack is located at the top and the micro-USB slot at the bottom. The bezel is less distracting than the L40 as the screen occupies almost the whole front of the phone. It also sports a secondary VGA camera and a proximity sensor at the front. The L70’s screen size is 4.5” with a resolution of 480×800, which brings the pixel density to 207 ppi. The screen is bright enough and the text is crisp enough to avoid straining the eyes while reading an e-book or viewing images. It’s also protected by the legendary Gorilla Glass 2. The battery size seems better than other phone in its range at 2,100mAh, but keep in mind, the L70 is a dual-sim smartphone, so make sure that you carry your charger around. The L70 definitely brings a lot of power for its price and gives you the freedom to play ALMOST all games available in the App Store. The L70 is a great phone with an affordable price tag that let you...

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LG L40 Dual Hands-on and Unboxing

Jun 04, 14 LG L40 Dual Hands-on and Unboxing

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Bang-for-the-buck is what many of us Pinoys look for when choosing a new gadget. This “need” to maximize what we get for the least amount of monies. It drove the market for new players in the mobile phone market. But this time, LG, a world leader in electronics, releases their line of budget smartphones that surely packs a mean 1-2 punch for less. We have the LG L40, the entry-level smartphone from the L-series range which was launched last month together with the LG L70 and LG L80. It’s packaged in a tiny box that contains all the necessary accessory for you to embark on your smartphone journey. It contains 1x data cable, 1x power adapter and a pair of earphones. The L40 feels compact and solid and is about the size of the Samsung Galaxy Y.   The back cover has a non-slip dotted design that makes holding the phone secure. And you’ll also find the 3 megapixel camera lacking an LED flash. On the left side, you have the volume up/down buttons and on the other side, the lock/unlock/power button. That’s about all the physical buttons you’ll get in the L40. Looking at the front side, you’ll see the adequately sized 3.5” screen with 320×480 pixels, which puts the pixel density at about 165 ppi. Being an entry-level smartphone, you don’t get a front facing camera in the L40. It does, however, has a light sensor and proximity sensor. Despite the screen size, you’ll find that it’s more vibrant and brighter than most of the smartphones in this price range as it boasts a whopping 16 million color range. The battery size is adequate a 1,540mhz for an entry-level smartphone. But given that the L40 is a dual-sim phone, you might want to carry your charger around. It won’t blow you away with performance, but it’s adequate enough to do daily tasks like surfing the web, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and light gaming. Did I mention that it runs Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) without...

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Mercenary Online holds Gamex Mercs Tournament

May 23, 14 Mercenary Online holds Gamex Mercs Tournament

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Following the Massive success of Massive Gaming’s Online Shooter, Mercenary Online, the GameX Mercs Championship Tournament was held at the SM North Edsa Annex Cyberzone last May 9, 2014. The event was managed by Massive Gaming and in partnership with Gamex and Smart Communications. For those not yet in the know, Massive Gaming is a budding online game publisher in the publisher with two of the hottest Online Shooters in their roster, Mercenary Online and WarRock PH. For fans of Third-person shooters, try Mercenary Online and for those who are into First-person POV, check out WarRock PH. The GameX Mercs Tournament spanned for 9 months across more than 500 professional and amateur teams spread across the Philippine Archipelago. 15 teams managed to survive for the Mercenary Online tournament and another 16 teams for the WarRock PH, and got a chance to battle it out on a live stage in front of thousands of fans. There’s a total of Php300,000 worth of cash, game merch, in-game items and gaming gear from SteelSeries. I went to the venue at around 5p.m. and the crowd was still manageable, but minute by minute, the crowds gathered as the final team started to man the PCs and lock and load their in-game toons. Fans gathered to support their respective teams and to participate in the action-packed activities laid out for the day. Massive Gaming held a cosplay competition, an “Epic Boss” eating contest, photo booths, face painting booth, raffle draws, giveaways, discounts and chances to win in-game items. The event was capped off with a visit from the Queen of Cosplay herself, Alodia Gosiengfiao. Not only did she show up to host and promote the games, 4 lucky gamers got a chance to play with her on Team Alodia in an exhibition match against the Massive Gaming GM Team. Alodia also introduced her newest in-game Alodia character, a wind goddess, from Massive Gaming’s latest Battle Arena game “Dragon Fist Tournament”[dragonfist.ph]. Massive Gaming also announced the latest addition to their...

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Transformers Universe Beta Sign Up

Feb 10, 14 Transformers Universe Beta Sign Up

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Autobots, ROLLOUT! Ever wondered what it’s like to command your very own fleet of Autobots or Decepticons? Transformers Universe gives the player an opportunity to take part and choose which side of the war he is on. When it was first announced, which can be traced back 2 to 3 years ago, it was slated to be an MMO. Last week, the studio’s CEO/CTO Mark Gerhard announced that it’s going to be a “Massively Online, Tactical Action game”, or MOTA for short. Gerhard stated that Transformers Universe will offer a “fast-paced, battle centric, tactical action with a selection of game modes for core gamers, casual gamers and Transformers enthusiasts alike”. As the commander of a squad, you’ll be able to team up to play with and against other Commanders all over the world in tactical and strategic online battles. Watch the trailer here: Transformers Universe will be launched mid of this year but Jagex will be rolling out the beta version soon. You can sign up here. Oh, and by the way, Transformers Universe is played right at your browser. Related posts: No related...

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