Blackberry Z3 Review

Oct 28, 14 Blackberry Z3 Review

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Announced first quarter of this year and officially released in the Philippines last July 2014, Blackberry Z3 is one of the most affordable Blackberry handsets at Php 10,990. Find out how this budget Blackberry device performed on our review below. Design Blackberry isn’t one of the most in-demand phones nowadays but the fact still remains that they build nicely designed phones. From afar, the Blackberry Z3 looked like a Xiaomi Mi3. Although a lot of smartphones these days looks similar to each other, this unit is distinct because the back portion has this nice textured back design that is nice to hold and easy to grip. The phone weight is on the heavier side at around 164g. If you have smaller hands, it might be a bit of a challenge to use it with one hand. The placement of buttons are all on the left side of the device. Power, voice control button and volume. There are no other buttons available. The 3.5mm jack is located at the top left portion and the Micro USB port is on the bottom. As for the battery, it’s non-user removable, unless you have the tools of course. With that, the SIM and SD slots are covered with a plastic slot door located on the upper right side portion of the device. Performance Battery life of the Z3 is at 2,500mAh and after a week of testing, we more or less got a gauge on what it can do in a real life setting. Watching Youtube videos via WiFi for around an hour, played a non-graphic intensive game for around 30 minutes, a few SMS and calls plus a few hours of intermittent web browsing via WiFi. At the end of the day, we still had 10% juice left! Impressive! Speaking of videos, although it only had 220 ppi, the 5″ screen displayed HD videos vividly and the edge-to-edge design because of the thin bezel helped improve the viewing experience. The 5mp rear camera takes decent photos but nothing extra...

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Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Oct 20, 14 Misfit Shine: Fitness with Style

Posted by in Featured, Reviews, Wearable, Wireless Technology

Wearable tech are the “in” thing this year. From watches to Bluetooth tags, it’s everywhere! The most popular wearable tech would be the fitness trackers and you won’t believe the wide range of choices out there. Each has their own unique feature and some might fit you better than other but now, we are reviewing the Misfit Shine. It’s a fitness tracker that doesn’t compromise on style. Other than turn heads because of how it looks (Are you wearing a French Macaron?), it tracks your activity from walking to yoga to swimming and even sleeping! You don’t even need to buy a separate device for it (but you can if you want) for tracking sleep. Have I already mentioned that it is waterproof? Unlike some fitness trackers, you can use Misfit Shine to track your swimming activity. Here’s another part that you will like. No charging. As per inquiry, distributor said that on normal use, battery can last up to 6 months. That’s not bad at all. The device itself has no physical buttons. To sync it to your device, open your phone’s Bluetooth and click the sync button to update your selected settings to your phone and to upload your data from your Misfit Shine to your device. Data can usually be stored for around 2 weeks before it is over written so better upload data often (Check out the Misfit app for iOS and Android). Since it’s a small circular device without an LCD, it has 12 LED lights to inform you of basic information like time and your progress for the day. You have the option to choose whether you want to display the time first or your progress of the day first. Here’s how it looks like: After knowing how it works, you know have several options on how you want to wear it. As per trying, the most accurate way is to wear it as a watch. Inside the package, a wrist strap and a magnetic clasp is included. You...

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Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones Review

Oct 11, 14 Bose SoundTrue Around-Ear  Headphones Review

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

Bose Welcomes Color with the SoundTrue Around-Ear Headphones Finally a pop of color from Bose! I never complain much about Bose products especially with the quality and comfort, but somehow I always wished that it loosened up a little bit by experimenting with color. While the colors black, gray, and white are always elegant looking, these tend to limit consumers to more mature audience. These new color options make it more attractive to younger people. It’s a dream come true for me. Build and Design Right out of the box, this around-ear teal or mint color headphones looks nice and its build is extremely light. The headband is made of hard adjustable matte plastic-coated metal with a soft, gray cushion (mixed of both leatherette and polyester coat) at the crown. The earcups are oblong-shaped, surrounded by thin, plushy leatherette pads for a really comfy feel. The outer portion of the earcups is a mix of matte and shiny plastic. Also, the earcups are held by the headband in such a manner that it can swivel in all directions to fit perfectly on your ears. The detachable cable, which is about 170 cm long, connects to the left side of the headset. I find this a little peculiar as the standard cable length of most earphones are about 92-122 cm (about 3-4 ft). The extended cable length gives allowance for taller people. The built-in microphone with volume buttons are located a little higher so it is positioned near your mouth so you can speak hands free. I think it works well as a headset but when you are using these controls to navigate through your playlist, it takes some getting used to. Sound Quality I like how the sound is very well-balanced with the Bose SoundTrue around-ear. I have reviewed some other Bose units and quality and balance of sound is consistent. The bass is not too much, which I appreciate because I’m not really a fan of those with a strong bass feature. I...

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ASUS ZenFone 5 Review

Oct 07, 14 ASUS ZenFone 5 Review

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Launched together with the ZenFone 4 and Zenfone 6, the ZenFone 5 made waves with its premium design, notable specs and popular price. How does ASUS’ 5-inch Intel Atom – powered flagship smartphone compare to other Android smartphones in its class? Check out on our review below. Design and Construction The ASUS Zenfone 5 makes an impression right out of the box with its sleek display and red metallic-finished back cover. The dedicated buttons and concentric circle finish at the bottom of the display extends the length of the ZenFone 5 but the slim side bezels and rounded rubber matte back cover makes up for this and provides a comfortable grip on smartphone. We were hoping that the home buttons were illuminated too but most smartphones under this price range skip the backlit keys, probably to save on production costs. You get the usual button and port placements on the ZenFone 5. In front, on top of the display, you have the sensor, earpiece receiver and front camera plus the shiny ASUS logo. Below the five-inch display are the home buttons and the prominent circular patterned piece present on every ZenFone device. On top of the ZenFone 5 is the audio jack; on the bottom is the micro-USB port. The volume and power keys are located on the right side of the smartphone. On the left side, you can find the groove for opening the back cover. The plastic back cover looks a bit delicate and needs to be opened gently. At the back you have the rear camera, flash and the speaker together with the ASUS and Intel logos. Opening the back cover reveals the two micro-SIM slots and memory card slot. Overall, the build and quality of the ASUS ZenFone 5 does not reflect its cheap price at all. Aside from its good looks, this Intel Atom powered smartphone is sturdy and well built. ASUS ZenFone 5 hands on and photos Display and Multimedia While some are not enthusiastic about the HD...

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Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review

Sep 24, 14 Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review

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Lenovo Y510p Gaming Laptop Review Launched fourth quarter of last year, the Lenovo IdeadPad Y510p is one of the best gaming laptops available today, featuring a 2.4 GHz Intel Core i7-4700MQ processor, 8 GB memory and an NVIDIA GeForce GT755M 2GB graphics card. We managed to get our hands on the Y510p, using it as our daily laptop for surfing, watching videos and gaming over the past few days. Check out how this high-performance gaming and multimedia laptop performed on our review below. Design   The Lenovo Y510p turns head with its gorgeous brushed metal back and bottom cover. On the inside, it uses a plastic bezel on the display while retaining the metal components on the palm rest and areas surrounding the keyboard. At 5.95 pounds, the Y510p is hefty. Although it has the same 15.6 inch display as the ThinkPad enterprise laptops, it is noticeably larger due to the wider bezels, bigger touchpad and more spacious palm rest and speaker area. On top of the display, you’ll find the integrated camera capable of recording 720p HD videos. On its sides are two built-in microphones.  The Y510p has a chiclet-style keyboard which includes a numeric keypad. The red backlit keyboard is a knockout. On the upper part of the keyboard are the JBL speakers and the power button and just below is the one piece touchpad. The Lenovo Y510p delivers sharp, bright and colorful images although the glossy display is prone to glaring especially when used on open space.  The JBL speakers provides clear and loud sound perfect for multimedia and gaming.  Its speakers also supports Dolby Home Theatre v4 further enhancing the already impressive audio. The left side of the Y510p houses the Novo button used for Lenovo OneKey Recovery System / BIOS / boot menu. Alongside are the AC power adapter, ventilation slot, VGA port, RJ-45 port, HDMI port and two blue USB 3.0 ports. On the other side of the laptop are the Headphone and Microphone jack and a yellow...

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ASUS G550JK Unboxing and First Look

Sep 15, 14 ASUS G550JK Unboxing and First Look

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Over the past few years, ASUS has been placing greater emphasis on PC gaming and as a result, the Republic Of Gamers (ROG) was founded in 2006 to highlight the most innovative hardcore hardware for truly dedicated gamers. We manage to get a hands-on experience on the ASUS latest ROG gaming notebook, the ASUS G550JK and here are our first impressions on ASUS’ latest gaming laptop. Packaging The unit comes in a huge box containing the G550JK notebook and the free bundles that comes with it. For Php 69,995, the package already includes the following: • ASUS G550JK Notebook • ROG Gaming Mouse • ROG Cerberus Gaming headset • ROG Backpack • External SonicMaster Subwoofer Design ASUS G550JK might be cheaper than other high-end gaming notebooks but still you get to experience premium materials and design details. Colors red and black match the theme of the ASUS ROG, the letters on the keyboard lights up as well as the power buttons and the ROG logo. This gaming device weighs in at 2.6kg with 28mm thickness, the ASUS G550JK makes a decent looking notebook with a sleek design and great build quality. On the left side is an HDMI port, 2 USB 3.0 ports, mini-display port outputs and a single 3.5mm audio jack. Also the unit has the dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Gigabit Ethernet. On the right side is a Blue-ray Writer for optical drive, 2-in-1 memory card reader and another USB 3.0 port. Screen Display The new G550JK gaming laptop features a brilliant Full HD IPS display, with wide 178-degree viewing angles and anti-glare coating for comfort during long gaming sessions and a matte finish with no touch compatibility. ASUS definitely knows what most consumers want in a gaming laptop. Aside from the great design and build quality, ASUS tossed in free bundles on the ASUS G550JK making it a great deal not only for those who are wanting to have their first gaming notebook but for those who want to upgrade their gaming rig. ASUS ROG G550JK Gaming Laptop...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Review

Sep 11, 14 Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Review

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Introduction The Galaxy tab series has been steadily growing their lineup and with the addition of three new tablets (Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1), Samsung doesn’t seem to stop anytime sooner. With the new lineup, these tablets are now under the new Galaxy Tab 4 series. Now what we have for review are the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets to which we’ll go through them in detail below. We weren’t able to get our hands on the 8.0 but we’ll throw a follow up review once we get one. So what can we expect from the Galaxy Tab 4 tablets? Let’s find out. Design and Features If you are aware of how the previous Galaxy Tabs look like, you‘ll notice right away that the new ones are pretty good looking. Stemming from the Galaxy Note 3 design, it definitely adds a premium look to our tablets here. I particularly like the design upgrade of the 7.0 as the bezels are now thinner with the metallic accents and slight curves on the sides. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 may not have differed much in terms of its overall design but the metallic acents (same wih the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0) definitely made attention. Do note that the metallic accents are not really made of metal but plastic painted in a metallic finish. Looking at the back, they didn’t make use of the faux leather material but made it purely plastic with a leather-like texture to it instead. Nice try, Samsung. The Galaxy Tab 4 7.0 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 tablets don’t differ from each other in terms of design but the button placements do have moved for ergonomic purposes. We can also expect the same with the 8.0. For the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0, the buttons are positioned at the right side with the power button and the volume rocker next to each other. The micro sim and micro SD card slots are at the right side as well....

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LG G3 Review

Sep 08, 14 LG G3 Review

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Hailed as the ‘Smartphone of the Year’, LG G2 outclassed its rivals last year with its next-gen specs and groundbreaking features. This year, the tech giants are battling it out again in bringing the best smartphone of 2014. Will LG once more trump its competitors in the flagship smartphone race? Read on as we break down the features of LG’s newest flagship smartphone, the LG G3. Design and Construction Packed in a gold and brown box, the unit only came with the battery, charger and user manual (unboxing here). We got the G3 in Metallic Black for review. Initially, the G3 was only available in this color together with Silk White and Shine Gold. However, LG released two more colors last August – Burgundy Red and Moon Violet. We have to commend LG for coming up with a one-upped design for its newest flagship while maintaining its predecessor’s slim, minimalist and ergonomic design at the same time. LG decided to go with plastic back cover but we’ll let it pass. On the other hand, they did an excellent job with the back cover’s brushed metal finish, making a lot of us believe that it was metal upon seeing the G3 for the first time. Similar to its predecessor’s layout, you can find the Notification LED, Front Camera, Proximity Sensor and Earpiece on top of the G3’s display. On top of the smartphone are the Infrared LED and Microphone while the Headset Jack, (another) Microphone and Charger/USB Port are found at the bottom. The sides are bare. At the back you have the Laser Detection Autofocus, Rear Camera with the Volume Keys and Power Lock Keys and Flash. Just below are the NFC Touch Point and the Speaker. Unlike the previous Rear Key with the Power and Volume keys slightly jutted, the G3 now features a reshaped, hollowed Rear Key. The Rear Key is ergonomically positioned at the back to allow ease of use for both left-hand and right-hand users and also to prevent accidental...

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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 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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