Gigabyte P2542 15.6-inch Gaming Notebook Review

Sep 06, 12 Gigabyte P2542 15.6-inch Gaming Notebook Review

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets, Reviews

Gigabyte is a brand that’s doing really good in the motherboard and graphics card side of the PC peripherals market. In the notebook market, they’re known for their affordability with specs that can go against bigger brands. Take for instance their Gigabyte P2542, a souped-up gaming notebook that can easily reach the P100k mark if carried by other brands. Let’s take a closer look at this beast to see if it’s something that would pique your interest when you shop for a desktop replacement notebook. Design Looking at the Gigabyte P2542, I can’t help but expect speed and power out of this machine. Maybe it’s because of the glossy racecar-yellow lid this notebook comes with. It also gives the illusion of slimness for a 15.6-inch notebook due to its tapered look. To complete the flashiness of this notebook, it has a mirrored chrome lining along its edges. Opening the lid you’ll be greeted by a 15.6-inch Full HD display and its thick bezel in brushed matte black finish which also covers the palm rest area. Having a 1920 x 1080 resolution on a 15.6-inch screen gives you really sharp and crisp images. It’s really nice for watching Full HD movies and gaming in high resolution. The P2542 features a generic-looking chiclet-style keyboard with a Num pad on the right and the arrow keys squeezed in-between. I’m not particularly fond of such arrow key layout but it’s common in notebooks this size. What’s nice here are the dedicated volume control buttons on top and the Smart button which displays a menu of various P2542 settings. There’s also the speaker grille running along the top of the keyboard. The mouse pad is not that big for the size of this notebook and is situated smack in the middle making it hard for your palms to accidentally brush it while typing which is actually nice. Tracking is okay and the single piece of bar for mouse clicks is not that stiff to use. This notebook also has...

read more

Accutone Pisces (Digital) In-Ear Headset Review

Sep 04, 12 Accutone Pisces (Digital) In-Ear Headset Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Accutone may not be familiar to most of you but this UK-based company has been creating telecommunication headsets for call centers and corporations for over 40 years. Now, they’re also occupying the consumer headset space and the Accutone Pisces is just one of their creations. The Accutone Pisces is marketed as a top-end in-ear headset with superb sound clarity. It comes in two models, the Digital and its flat cable, and the Standard with its spin Cable. The one we got here is the Pisces Digital which is made for Apple products and uses Apple’s own chipset module for true digital control. From the packaging alone, it’s clear to see that Accutone wants to make a good first impression. For a pair of in-ears this is already an overkill but I’m sure you’d want to see your money’s worth from the time you take these off the shelves. Inside the elegant-looking box you’ll get the headset, manual, a leatherette carrying-case, two pairs of silicon tips and a pair of Memory Foam tips, a cable-winder and a Nokia smartphone converter (not shown). The Accutone Pisces (Digital) has a bigger footprint than your ordinary earbuds so people would definitely notice when you wear it. It has this unique aluminum metal chamber that should do wonders to the sound you’re listening. The flat cable is something that I want on my earphones as it often keep things tangle-free. The digital controls and mic on the right cable are optimized for Apple products. It has true digital volume control and Pick-Call/Next-Track functionality. Call reception is superbly clear on both ends even if it’s noisy on your end. I’m guessing Accutone uses the same headset technology they’re known for on this pair of in-ears. Android or other music devices won’t get to fully-use the controls however. Not even Volume Up/Down, all you can do is pause or play your track. Fit is comfortable and snug especially if you use the Memory Foam which I would recommend. The foams also...

read more

LG Optimus 4X HD Review

Sep 01, 12 LG Optimus 4X HD Review

Posted by in Featured, Mobile, Reviews

­The local quad-core smartphone market is still small and LG’s Optimus 4X HD is just the third one we have officially available as of this writing. It’s important for LG to keep up with the big Android brands and being third is not a bad thing in a market that’s still warming up to big and powerful phones. I’ve been using this LG superphone for quite a while and if I’m to say something short about it, it’s not as flashy as the HTC One X nor the Samsung Galaxy S3 but is trusty and can handle things really well on its own with a few tricks to boot. Let’s take a look closely at the LG Optimus 4X HD to see if it’s time for you to go with quad-core phones. Design The Optimus 4X HD takes it design cue from their fashionable LG Prada 3.0 with the thin, angular-look with rounded edges and dual chrome lining surrounding the edges – a welcome change from the curvy looks of other quad-core handsets. The front is fully-covered with Gorilla Glass protecting its 4.7-inch display and its thin bezel making this phone one-hand friendly despite its size. The three standard Android touch panel buttons are below the screen for Back, Home, and Menu. On the left side you’ll get the not-so prominent volume control while on top is the 3.5mm port and the tiny Power/Sleep button. Nothing can be seen on the right side while the bottom only features the microUSB port which supports MHL if you have a microUSB to HDMI cable. Like their Prada phone, the back has that textured skin called “Saffiano” leather that gives this phone a distinct style from other brands. Despite the stylish look, the back panel is made of plastic to keep things light and houses the 8-megapixel camera and its LED flash and the speaker holes at the bottom. Prying the panel is an easy affair and you’ll see the removable battery inside, as well as the...

read more

Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 Review, wireless peripherals on a budget

Aug 27, 12 Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 Review, wireless peripherals on a budget

Posted by in Accessories & Peripherals, Featured, Reviews

Looking for a wireless keyboard and mouse combination that won’t break your budget? Then you might want to take a look at Logitech Wireless Combo MK220 which retails for just P1,150. That’s affordable if you want to go with a wireless setup for your desktop (or even laptop). The Logitech MK220 comes in three pieces, a compact and wireless keyboard, an ordinary wireless mouse, and the USB receiver. It also comes with 2x AA batteries and 2x AAA batteries to power your peripherals. Using this is so easy. All you need is to slap the batteries on the keyboard and mouse then plug in the wireless 2.4GHz USB receiver and you’re all set. Unlike more expensive wireless Logitech products though, the USB receiver here sticks out like a sore thumb from your USB port. I was hoping for Logitech’s Unifying nano-receiver for this one to save space but this is what you’ll get for its price. The wireless keyboard is so compact that I couldn’t believe it houses a full keyboard layout. You’ll get your full set of keys, arrow keys, function keys, a Num pad, and dedicated keys for Home, End, Page Up and Page Down. It even has Fn keys for quick mute toggle and volume controls. The only non-key portion would be the battery compartment on the right side for your two AAA batteries and Logitech says will give you 24 months worth of use. Having a really compact and portable keyboard, you have to sacrifice a few things. Some of the keys are cramped especially the Up arrow key which I often hit when doing a right-Shift. The Backspace and Enter key is a bit small. But the number pad is full-sized so those dealing with numbers on a daily basis should be fine with this. Having no palm rest, I don’t think it’s healthy for your hand to use this for long periods of time. Get those soft spongy palm rest for this one pronto. As for the keyboard...

read more

First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Aug 18, 12 First Impressions: Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1

Posted by in Featured, Laptops & Tablets

When Samsung came out with the Galaxy Note, it popularized the term “phablet” which simply means you can’t clearly say whether it’s a phone or a tablet. Now they’re pushing it further with the release of the Galaxy Note 10.1, a 10-inch tablet that you can also use as a phone. If having a 7.7-inch tablet pressed against your ear make you look funny, try it with a 10-inch one. Enough of the intro, we spent some time yesterday with this new tablet… err “phablet” from Samsung to give you some first impressions. The Galaxy Note 10.1 doesn’t look much different from the Galaxy Tab 10.1. You’ll have the same glossy plastic white finish with aluminum trimmings for accent. What stands out would be the dual speakers on both sides clearly making this device intended to be used in landscape mode. Most of the ports and buttons are locate on top side where you’ll see the Power/Sleep, volume control, microSD slot, the IR emitter, audio port and the slot for your regular SIM. At the bottom is just the slot for charging, docking,and accessories like a USB adapter. At the back you’ll find a familiar Samsung design with the strip of metal running on top which houses the 5-megapixel camera. You’ll also see the slot at the bottom corner where you’ll store the Note 10.1’s S-Pen stylus. The S-Pen stylus is almost the same light and short one as the one found on the original Galaxy Note but with a button dedicated to take screenshots. It now also has a detachable tip if you want plastic for a smoother glide or rubber for a more pencil-like writing. Powering the Galaxy Note 10.1 is a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and a generous 2GB RAM. You know what you can do with 2GB RAM on a tablet? True multi-tasking. This device has a multi-screen feature where you can run two apps side-by-side. Available apps for multi-screen are S Note, web browser, Polaris office, video player, gallery, and...

read more

AKG K 326 Sports Earphone Review

Aug 11, 12 AKG K 326 Sports Earphone Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

AKG advertises the K 326 as a high-performance sports headset review. This earbud type in-ear headphone has an earhook that should keep things in place whether your jogging, cycling, rollerblading or whatever it is you’re doing with it on, well except swimming or anything that involves water that is. The AKG K 326 comes in two sporty colors, we got the gray/bright yellow combination and there’s also the dark grey/red color which should blend nicely with your sports apparel. It also comes with in-line controls with mic on its bright yellow cable but only functions completely with iOS devices. For my Android phone, I can only do pause, play, and answer calls. The volume buttons don’t work at all for non-iOS devices. The light and rubbery earhook itself works as advertised although it takes a bit of time flexing and bending it to have a good fit over your ear. The earbud has a rubber ring for that added snugness which you can replace with foam pads. My ears are not a fan of earbuds headphones and using the AKG K 326 is no exception. After an hour’s worth of use, the outside of my ear canals are already hurting from the stress. That’s just me though but I still suggest you audition the fit at least before getting one. Since this is an earbud type, I was not expecting superb sound reproduction but was surprised at the quality I got here. It was like I was using an in-ear pair of canalphones having those crisp and clear mids and highs that do not overpower but complements. Don’t expect thumping bass here but you will still get solid lows under right conditions if you can drown out your surrounding by cranking the volume up. Sound isolation is almost non-existent here unless you set the volume high enough to overpower ambient noise. Tried it in the gym and there was no way to eliminate the gym’s own music without turning the volume on my player...

read more

Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Aug 08, 12 Samsung Galaxy Player 4.2 Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Gadgets, Reviews

The Samsung Galaxy Player is a 4.2-inch Android device that offers the capabilities of Android minus the phone functionality. Targeted for people who want a dedicated media and portable gaming device, the Samsung Galaxy Player is the Korean giant’s answer to Apple’s iPod Touch. Let’s see how the Galaxy fits in today’s multimedia in-demand generation. Design At first glance, you might mistakenly identify the Galaxy Player as the Galaxy S II, but upon closer inspection you will see some differences such as the two speakers on the top and bottom of the device, and the slim rectangular-shaped Home button. The unit is just 9mm thin and 118g light, an ideal dimension when considering something to bring other than your mobile phone. The 4.2 inch screen has a thin bezel surrounded it. Above the screen is a speaker and a front facing VGA camera, while at the bottom is the another speaker and the usual Home button surrounded by the Menu and Back touch icons that lit up when used. The overall design is pretty much the same as other Samsung phones where they keep things simple. There is nothing to be found on the left side, but on the right side you’ll get the Sleep/Power button and volume rocker. A little bit disappointing that Samsung still did not include a dedicated camera button on this media-centric device. At the bottom you will see the microUSB port and 3.5mm headphone jack which is an odd placement to plug your earphones since it will hamper your gaming in landscape mode. The back is made of shiny, glossy plastic where you’ll see the lens of its paltry 2-megapixel camera. The cover is removable for easy battery replacement and storage expansion via microSD slot. A big advantage over the iPod Touch where the battery is not replaceable and storage capacity is fixed. The build is made of plastic to keep the device light, but it still feels solid when handling and you won’t notice any flimsy parts moving...

read more

Sennheiser HD 229 Review

Aug 04, 12 Sennheiser HD 229 Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Sennheiser has been in the Audio Electronics industry for almost half a decade. The name Sennheiser became a staple brand in the audiophile community for manufacturing one of the best sounding headphones without your wallet screaming at you like a madman. I owned 2 Sennheisers before this one and all of them made me love listening to music-on-the-go. I’ve had the HD201 and the HD228. I’ll be reviewing the HD229, which is the HD228’s reincarnation in a loud and proud iteration. Design Shying away from Sennheiser’s traditional dark motif, the HD229 is loud and expressive. If white and orange is not your type, it’s also available in Black/Magenta. The headband is very light and durable; I’ve owned the HD228, which is the same build, for 2 years and it experienced the worst in my daily commute. I can honestly say for a pair of portable, lightweight on-ear cans it’s definitely worth the price and I’m not even at the sound quality yet. One problem that I noticed is the wire and the plug. The first thing that gave in from all the abuse was the plug. The wire is thin and the 3.5mm jack is too chunky and became problematic after a few tugs and pulls here and there. But it’s easy to fix, you just need some soldering skills and a replacement plug which you can buy at any hardware store. Weighing in at 92g, it sure is a perfect partner for commuters and there is little clamping force so it’s really comfortable for long periods of time. The faux leather doesn’t heat up as much as you’d think it would. Sound Quality Don’t get mislead by the packaging as it says “Deep Bass Kick”. These headphones are not for bassheads. It has a bright and warm tone to it and certainly the signature Sennheiser dark sound in the low end. The low end of this pair is different as you can really distinguish it against other “BOOM BOOM” bass kind of headphones....

read more

Logitech Touch Mouse M600 Review

Aug 01, 12 Logitech Touch Mouse M600 Review

Posted by in Accessories & Peripherals, Featured, Reviews

The M600 is Logitech’s first touch mouse, mimicking the functionality of Apple’s Magic Mouse and Microsoft’s own Touch Mouse. It is a premium mouse foregoing the typical physical buttons and scroll wheel, and wireless too using Logitech’s Unifying Wireless Receiver. Looking at the Touch Mouse M600, you’ll see a featureless smooth, glossy pebble with designs resembling that of a whale shark. You’ll also notice the symmetrical shape lending to a device that can be equally used by both left-handed and right-handed people. The underside of the M600 has the on-off switch and an ordinary laser tracking (not Logitech’s Darkfield technology). The battery compartment houses two AA batteries but you can opt to use only one if you want a much lighter mouse. It also houses the storage slot for the receiver so you won’t lose it during transport. So where are the buttons you say? The whole mouse is the button which depresses every time you click on the right or left portion of the device. Using it may feel unnatural at first but you’ll get used to it. The click is light so it won’t strain your fingers but it’s quite responsive as well. It’s not useful for gaming though since there’s no clear separation between the left and right-click areas. There are quite a number of times that my right-clicks would register as a left-click. Scrolling is done by just sliding your finger up or down the surface. It is responsive but not that smooth although you can install the Logitech Flow Scroll for a smooth iPhone-like scrolling experience. Swipe your fingers left and right will perform back and forward actions on your application (web browser, file explorer, image gallery). This function doesn’t work on Mac by the way. Tracking performance is quite accurate and fluid under normal non-reflective surfaces. It’s not as good when used in a bed with rumple sheets though unlike other mice with advanced tracking technology. A cool feature of this mouse (and most other wireless products from...

read more

Skullcandy G.I. Rasta 2012 Headphone Review

Jul 30, 12 Skullcandy G.I. Rasta 2012 Headphone Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

The Skullcandy G.I. headphone is one of the few models that Skullcandy refreshed this year giving it more funky designs, improved cables and better sound quality. I didn’t get to try the old G.I. so I’m coming in blind with this one in terms of comparing it to the previous version. It seems that Rasta, or the Jamaican color way, is popular among Skullcandy fans that it’s applied to almost all of their entry-level to mid-range headphones. The G.I. falls in the mid-range area with a Php4,500 price tag. Looking at the G.I. Rasta’s design, you would know that it’s not a serious-looking headphone. It was designed for those who want to use headphones as part of their style for the day and here lies the strength of the company, the badass stylish designs on their headphones. The Rasta color way is evident all over the headphones. From the insides of the wide headband, to the Skullcandy logo on the earcups, and even inside it. The hinges are made of plastic with the earcups having a dull black finish instead of a glossy one. The cups have a comfy soft-leather ear pillows and swivel 180 degrees outward so forcing it the other way around might eventually break it. Cabling seems ordinary to me. Not flat like their Uprock headphones but doesn’t look frail either. The plushy wide headband has a canvas material covering it so I don’t know how that will turn out when you’re sweating while wearing this. It has a tiny zippered compartment that stores a bottle opener, which I’m thinking a lot of people this headphone is geared for will find useful. So how about sound quality? Well sad to say, it was underwhelming to average overall especially for its price. I’m not saying it’s bad but if you’ve been auditioning a lot of headphones, especially over-ear ones with this price, you have this expectation of an enclosed sound stage with good range. I didn’t get it on the GI. Although...

read more
Page 20 of 45« First...10...1819202122...3040...Last »