Asus Zenbook UX21 Review

Feb 19, 12 Asus Zenbook UX21 Review

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In the still brand new world of Ultrabooks, it is quite important to make a really good first impression to show the world what really separates the Ultrabooks from traditional notebook laptops. The Asus Zenbook which was launched late last year was one of the Ultrabooks that really made an impression, earning the moniker “the PC version of the MacBook Air”. The Asus Zenbook comes in two flavors just like the MacBook Air, an 11-inch (UX21) and a 13-inch (UX31). What we have here is the UX21 which is really ideal for the mobile workers or travelers out there and we’ll show you how this fares as your do-it-all, bring-anywhere laptop in our review. Design The initial impression the Asus Zenbook UX21 gave me was a sturdy, solidly-built laptop. The combination of its ultrathin edges and brushed metal finish makes this laptop really sexy, deadly sexy. The lid has a sandblasted metal with a concentric design which is very eye-catching even from afar. This finish also makes it smudge proof. The underside is made of a single piece of brushed aluminum to complete the solid build of the Zenbook. The rear of the Zenbook has a thinness of just 9mm while the front measures just 3mm. Talk about wafer thin. On the left side you will see the miniVGA port, USB 2.0 port and audio jack. On the right side is the DC jack, USB 3.0 port (take note) and a miniHDMI port. The USB 3.0 port also allows for quick charging so use it to charge your phones instead of the other USB port. What’s missing is an SD card reader and if that’s important to you, you can opt for the UX31 instead. Opening the lid you would see a well-spaced keyboard surrounded by a comfortable palm rest with the same brushed aluminum finish as that of its underside. There’s also an equally spacious touchpad with the left and right click buttons embedded to it. No special buttons whatsoever can be found...

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SteelSeries Diablo III Gaming Mouse Review

Feb 11, 12 SteelSeries Diablo III Gaming Mouse Review

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In anticipation of Blizzard’s next installment to one of the biggest RPG to hit the gaming world, SteelSeries brings us the Diablo III gaming mouse and they also sent us one of their Dota 2 gamepads to use it with. The mouse comes in a beautifully packaged Diablo III inspired box. There’s a concept artwork of Archangel Tyrael on the magnetic flap of the box. I like how SteelSeries has a cutout in the shape of the mouse for you to be able to test the size of the mouse. Inside the box you’ll see the unit, catalog, quick-start guide and a sticker. The mouse is shaped like the SteelSeries Xai, but with awesome artwork and a Diablo III logo. The entire surface of the mouse is rubberized to ensure maximum grip throughout your game. It’s very comfortable to use as it fits my hand nicely (I’m a size 7), not too bulky nor too small. The mouse has 7 buttons excluding the DPI switch which is programmable via the software which you’ll have to download from their website. The switches can guarantee 10 million clicks but from playing Diablo II, I doubt if I would reach that mark. The mouse is designed for both right and left-handed people although I find this quite troublesome as I always accidentally press the buttons near my ring finger. The scroll button is one of the most beautiful scroll buttons ever. It’s designed to look like a demon’s spine or something. The DPI button is restricting, as you can only have two settings of sensitivity, no sensitivity up or down, just two DPI settings and the LED indicates which is working. The cable is a double-braided nylon cord which is a good thing, since when I was playing Diablo II before, mouse cords just keep on giving up on us. Using this mouse is a charm, although the option of customizing the weight could’ve been there since I find the Diablo III mouse too light. The mouse...

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Woof Portable iPod Speaker Review

Mobile Wonders, distributors of all sorts of portable mini speakers sent us the Woof iPod speaker for review. It’s not a new product and you’ve probably encountered or owned one already but to those who don’t, here’s a review for you. The Woof is a lightweight portable speaker with a clever design. It has an expandable diaphragm at the back to give your sound more bass and depth. Because of this feature, the Woof sounds really good even in loud volume even if it’s made of plastic. At first I thought it was made specifically for iPods with its built-in Apple 30-pin connector and no 3.5mm port, until I saw the included miniUSB to USB/3.5mm jack cable which allows you to plug and use it as a speaker for your devices. The miniUSB port is located on one side for charging and audio input. The back has the On/Off switch and also the volume control. The back also has the expandable vacuum which you release by simply twisting. Now my concern is that you want the front and back to be exposed to get the most sound from it but the design doesn’t have any stable stand to do so especially if using a bigger iPod like the Touch. The only solution for this is to go with wires and just use the 3.5mm jack so the Woof is free to stand on its own. Ok so for the sound quality, the Woof is exceptionally loud for its size and build. I used it at the beach and it drowned out the sounds coming from other set-ups of other beach goers without sounding clanky. Expanding the vacuum is a must as it really gives your music that “oomph” or “woof” and range. I tried my music with the diaphragm collapsed and it sounded flat and lacking. Your only concern is how to prop it well so that the diaphragm won’t hit any surface that would give off vibrations. Now for battery life, the Woof...

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SteelSeries Siberia v2 Gaming Headset Review

Feb 06, 12 SteelSeries Siberia v2 Gaming Headset Review

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SteelSeries is known for their high performance gaming gear used by professional gamers worldwide. They provide gaming keyboards, mice, headsets and other accessories which may be vital to the gamer’s arsenal. SteelSeries was kind enough to send us one of their best headsets in the market, The Siberia v2. The box is full of information you need to know about the Siberia v2. It also has a window for you to check out what it looks like. The Siberia v2 has a 1m cord with 3.5mm jack for audio input and output. SteelSeries also provided a 2m extension cord if the 1m cord doesn’t cut it. Based on the name, one can tell that this is a revamped version of a previous Siberia headset. This is not just some minor overhaul; this is a complete redesign from aesthetics to the innards of the headset. I haven’t tried the v1 but these headsets are so comfortable you can fall asleep with them on (assuming you sleep in supine). The headband is great and fits almost all head sizes with its flexible design. It comes in a wide variety of colors too which you can check out on their website. The v2s have a closed design, which means the soundstage wouldn’t be that big but they’re pretty accurate when listening to directional audio. I used this while playing Batman: Arkham City and the direction in which you can hear the voices are very accurate. Positional audio is very useful for playing online shooters. The retractable mic design is also useful when you’re just out for a walk. According to players on the other side, they hear me perfectly fine without any hisses and what-not. Boasting 50mm drivers as opposed the v1’s 40mm, Siberia v2 produces a more accurate sound reproduction at higher levels. The Siberia v2 sounds good, although I’m not convinced about the “Crystal clear high, low and mid-tones” on the packaging. Bassheads might be disappointed because it lacks booming bass, but for me it...

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Blackberry Curve 9380 Review, the Curve goes full touch screen

Feb 02, 12 Blackberry Curve 9380 Review, the Curve goes full touch screen

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We reviewed the Blackberry Curve 9360 a couple of months ago. It has a sleek design and is a thinner version of its predecessors. The tapered edges and its expensive-looking material made it look better than the usual Curve. Next in this line is the newly released Blackberry Curve 9380 – the sister of the Curve 9360. They look very similar to each other and most of their features are almost the same. Only this one doesn’t have buttons for a keyboard. RIM has finally given the Curve the full-touch screen treatment and we’re here to find out how that feels. Design and Functionality Just like its sister (the 9360), this Curve retained the tapered edges and the rubber and matte-metal looking cover that gives it a sleek finish. Good thing RIM didn’t make changes with the overall design – I really think it looks good. The only thing they did with the appearance is to give it a 360×480 pixel, 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touch screen. Below the touch screen are the similar 4 buttons (Call, Menu, Back, Drop) and the optical trackpad. The display has the same vibrant display, just like its sister. It also comes with a 5 MP (2592х1944 pixels) with an LED flash (Hooray!) and also features Geo-tagging, face detection and image stabilization. Touch screen fans will be very happy with the big screen that comes with it. I must say, one reason why I love the Blackberry so much is because of its simple and clean keyboard. Buttons are an important feature. I hope I won’t be too biased with the touch screen review of this since it lacks one. More on that later… It is essentially the same size and weight as its sister having dimensions of 109 x 60 x 11.2mm and weighs 98g. Just a difference of 0.2mm in depth and 1g in weight. The top of the phone has the lock/unlock button that the Blackberry Bold has. It’s very convenient compared to locking it...

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HTC Rhyme review, truly a lady’s phone

Jan 29, 12 HTC Rhyme review, truly a lady’s phone

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HTC is known for the stylish and solid designs of their phones that would cater to the male and female market. Their entry-level phones, particularly the HTC ChaCha and the HTC Wildfire S, have colors that would really appeal to the ladies. What they’re missing are phones for the ladies who don’t want just the basics. So they turned to the HTC Desire S and made it more ladylike with the HTC Rhyme which was introduced last year. It has the solid specs of the Desire S but with the feminine look of the Wildfire S. Read on to see how ladies would appreciate one of the most beautiful phones we’ve played with. Design The HTC Rhyme in my opinion has the perfect size for a lady’s hand. It’s not grotesquely large and it’s also not too light to feel too fragile. The color we have here is called Clearwater Blue which looks really nice with its different shades of soft blue. The frame on the front smoothly curves outward highlighting the 3.7-inch Gorilla Glass display with the Android touch panels underneath. On its left side you would see the flap that opens to its microUSB port. A bit annoying to open every time you want to charge but it’s there to make the design look seamless. On top is the Power/Sleep button and also the audio jack. On its right is just the volume controls. No dedicated camera button here which the ladies would really appreciate. The back is made of aluminum and hard plastic in three shades of blue giving it a nice accent. You’ll see the 5-megapixel lens and its LED flash beside the tiny speaker grill. Below that are contact points for the included dock. We’ve been using this unit extensively for a few weeks now without any protective casing (although there’s one included in the box) and were impressed with the durability of the materials used. No scratches whatsoever. What’s in the box? When you buy the HTC Rhyme,...

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Sony NWZ-E464 Walkman Review

Jan 27, 12 Sony NWZ-E464 Walkman Review

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I was actually surprised to know that Sony is still in the portable media player game when I got hold of this unit for review. One of the latest additions to its Walkman E-Series line, the Sony NWZ-E464 promises superior sound, rich bass and up to 50 hours of battery life. Check out our review below to see if this portable media player delivers the goods as promised. Design The Sony NWZ-E464 has a 2-inch TFT screen display with a QVGA (320 x 240) resolution and LED backlight. The front is adorned with a glossy plastic design along with its buttons. Underneath the screen display is the familiar placement of the control and navigation buttons taken from its predecessors; on the top-left is the Home/Back button and the Power Off/Option button on the opposite side. Below them are the Navigation buttons with the Play/Pause button in the middle. It took me quite some time to get used to this layout since I have not owned a Sony Walkman player or a Sony Walkman phone before. Sometimes, I would accidentally press the wrong buttons because of my large fingers. At the bottom of the MP3 player you’ll see the 3.5mm headset jack, the WM-Port, mic and strap hole. On the right side are the Volume keys and Hold/Lock key. The back cover of the Sony NWZ-E464 is made of a solid plastic material that extends all the way to its sides and is painted with a faux-metal look. The Reset button can also be found at the back. The Sony NWZ-E464 comes with a pair of in-ear headphones and three silicon tips to choose from (small, medium and large). It also comes with a cradle and a USB cable (minus the power adapter) for charging and data connectivity. Features A couple of things I liked about the Sony NWZ-E464 is how I can easily transfer music files, photos and videos using Windows Explorer or the Media Go app that comes with the player and its...

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MaQboard, your Mac OSX system on a budget

Jan 26, 12 MaQboard, your Mac OSX system on a budget

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There is the unending debate on which is the better system, Windows vs Mac. To each his own, both operating systems have their own pros and cons. But why choose when you can have both? Iontech provided us with a pre-built “Hackintosh” system. For those of you who don’t know, Hackintosh is a coined term for running Mac OSX on a Non-Apple system. Why not just buy a Mac? Let’s face it, not everyone can afford a Mac and if you want to experience using a Mac OSX, read on. I don’t have a tutorial on how to install Mac OSX on this machine because when we got the system, both Windows 7 and OSX were already installed. Building a Hackintosh is made easier though now that Apple uses Intel processors. What made the MaQboard more apt for “Hackintosh” is that it’s especially made for running OSX. Here’s what you’ll get when you buy a MaQboard MaQboard MQ-323 – H Intel Xeon 3.4Ghz (Single Core) Processor The MaQboard has 2 RAM slots; although it supports DDR3 RAM, one slot is DDR2 which can hold back the performance of a DDR3 memory stick if you put both together. It’ll be wiser to just put a single stick of 4GB RAM in it. It also has a PCI-e x16 slot for your latest GPU. The Hackintosh community is pretty big now that you can get support for every component you’ll put in your system. For reference or if you want to build the same one as what we have, here’s the system that was sent to us: MaQboard MQ-323 – H w/ Intel Xeon 3.4ghz (Php8,000) Kingston 4GB DDR3 (Php1,150) Asus GT220 1GB GPU (Php2,250) Western Digital 1TB (Php4,999) Asus DRW-24B3ST ODD (Php1,000) When building a Hackintosh, it is very important to research first on which components are compatible. The MaQboard has most of the basic ports included. PS/2 ports for Keyboard/Mouse HDMI and VGA ports for display 4x USB 2.0 ports and a Parallel port...

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Ainol Novo 7 Paladin Review

Jan 24, 12 Ainol Novo 7 Paladin Review

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The Ainol Novo 7 Paladin is a 7-inch WiFi only tablet from one of the popular tablet manufacturers in China. Being the first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet in the market, it will surely draw some curious looks. Having a price tag of only Php5,800, it will certainly make a lot of people interested. Does having the latest Android OS and a can’t-beat-price really make Ainol Novo 7 Paladin a worthy buy? You might want to check our review and draw conclusions for yourself whether this is a tablet you might want to get or not. Design The Ainol Novo 7 Paladin has your typical chunky build although I like its thin bezel making the device look more compact. The exterior is made of smooth, hard plastic with a matte finish which is not exactly smudge-proof. You would want to have a case for this because I don’t think it will survive a hard drop. Although there are no buttons at the front, the Paladin is full of them on the sides. On the left we have the volume control, the Reset pinhole, a miniUSB port for data and charging, microSD slot and the audio jack. On top is the Power/Sleep button, Home and Menu buttons. The latter two are buttons we normally don’t see in today’s tablets but should be handy for Android 4.0 devices whose status bar disappears in some full view modes. There’s nothing on its sloped back except the speaker grill/exhaust on the lower left. Ainol didn’t include a camera (rear or front) on the Paladin unlike the older models. I don’t think rear cameras are that critical to tablets anyway. Design-wise, the Ainol Novo 7 Paladin looks good for a cheap tablet. You won’t get the solid feel but it also won’t scream cheap when people see you using it. Display and UI The Novo 7 Paladin has a resolution of 480 x 800 and on a 7-inch screen, this means you can really see the pixels. I...

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Huawei MediaPad Review, 7-inch tablet that feels just right

Jan 15, 12 Huawei MediaPad Review, 7-inch tablet that feels just right

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The first time I laid my eyes on the 7-inch Huawei MediaPad, I thought to myself, not too shabby. Not a bad device at all from a relatively untested brand in the tablet market. The solid build, materials used and the gorgeous display really caught my attention. I’ve been playing with one unit for quite some time now and indeed, the Huawei MediaPad is a nice handy tablet you would want to bring with you anywhere. Design As I mentioned earlier, the design on the Huawei MediaPad looks really polished. It has a buttonless front with the front camera situated on the upper left corner (if you’re holding it in landscape mode). The sides and back are covered in a brushed aluminum casing giving it a sturdy look. The thickness is just right and the tapered edge made it look slim and easy to hold in one hand. Top side (again in landscape mode) is the power/sleep button and the volume control which pretty much makes up the physical buttons this tablet has. What’s nice about the volume control here that I haven’t encountered in other devices is that it follows the orientation. If you hold it in portrait mode, upside down, or whatever, the left or lower button (depending on orientation) will decrease the volume. I like it. On the left side is the audio jack and also two tiny speaker grills which you would often unintentionally cover when you’re watching a video. On the right side are the microUSB port for data connection, the microHDMI port and also the AC port. Just like other tablets, you can’t charge the device using the USB port. The back features a brushed aluminum shell which makes it immune to smudging and hides scratches well. The 5-megapixel lens is located on one side so it’s prone to being covered when taking pictures in landscape mode. The back also has two rubber-textured triangular patches on both ends for improved grip. One of these is actually removable and...

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