EGG Dual Capsule Speakers Review, huge sound on a small package

Jan 12, 12 EGG Dual Capsule Speakers Review, huge sound on a small package

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There are lots of portable speakers around sporting the egg shape design and this EGG Speakers from Mobile Wonders is no different. In fact, this one’s not a new product at all (the color blue is though) but if you’re still in the market for a portable speaker, you might want to check this review out. The EGG Speakers is actually two speakers joined together by a magnetic points on its base so you can position it far apart from each other for a wider coverage. The package comes with a 3.5mm audio cable, a USB cable which you use to connect the two speakers and to charge it via USB, and also a carrying pouch for quick storage. Twist each half to reveal the ports and knobs that makes these speakers work. The power switch and the audio port are on a separate half so you can’t use only one half of the speaker. You connect the two via its miniUSB ports, connect the audio cable to your MP3 player or laptop or whatever and switch on the speakers. Sound quality on this speakers is surprisingly good and loud. Loud like you’re hearing it from a television set at high volume. It’s a really good pair of speakers for watching videos on your laptop, you can really distinguish speech from background music. The only problem I encountered was due to its light weight, bass on high volume gets distorted because the speakers would vibrate against the surface it’s placed on. It will vibrate too much that it will travel all over your table if left unchecked. I would suggest not using it on max volume or placing it on a soft surface. Battery life would last me almost a whole day and charging it would take about 2 to 3 hours. This EGG speakers from Mobile Wonders would make a great pair of portable speakers if you can handle its hefty price. It’s loud and clear despite it’s small size. Lightweight and easy...

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Razer Onza Tournament Edition Gamepad Review

Jan 07, 12 Razer Onza Tournament Edition Gamepad Review

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Razer is known for their gaming accessories.  Following their mantra “For Gamers, By Gamers” here’s an accessory which both PC and XBOX360 users will love. Introducing the Razer Onza Tournament Edition. If you’ve ever used an Original Xbox 360 controller, then the Onza is not that much different.  I have both and use it for the PC, and I actually like the Onza’s shape better.  This one is the Battlefield 3™ Tournament Edition, as you can see from the design.  It also sports a rubberized finish which is good for intense gaming or if you have sweaty hands.  It’s connected to the PC/Xbox360 via a 15-foot braided cable which is bad news for fans of wireless controllers. The Onza has 2 analog buttons; 6 shoulder buttons in which you can map the other two to any button you want; LED-lit face buttons and the D-pad.  Razer knew what gamers need so they made the analog buttons adjustable.  Whenever you need a heavy analog for more precision like when playing an FPS game, just turn the dial clockwise; and when you need a lighter analog for quick combos in fighting games, do otherwise.  The face buttons are lit for players who like to play in the dark. The face buttons are unlike other gamepads since this one has a mechanical switch, and you can actually hear the buttons click, as opposed to rubber dome gamepads.  One thing though, the Start and Back buttons are situated near the bottom which feels kind of awkward to press.  Also, if you’re not a fan of analogs in fighting games, the D-pad is not an option.  If only the D-pad has the responsiveness of the face buttons, then this would be THE perfect gamepad for any gamer. There are 2 extra shoulder buttons for gamers who need, well, two extra shoulder buttons.  It’s not configurable via software, as the Onza uses the same driver as the original Microsoft Xbox 360 Gamepad. You have to press the Remap button and...

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Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N Review, an affordable dual-SIM Android phone

Jan 05, 12 Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N Review, an affordable dual-SIM Android phone

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There’s not much dual-sim Android phones in the market today and Alcatel wants to get into that action some more by introducing the Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N, an affordable, entry-level dual-SIM touchscreen Android phone. Check out our review of this latest dual-sim Android handset from Alcatel that runs on Android OS Gingerbread, sports a 650MHz processor and has a 3.2″ capacitive touchscreen, and see if it will suit your needs. Design When I held the Glory 918N, it felt solid and sturdy for an entry-level phone and its rubbery textured finish felt reassuring that it won’t easily get scratched from constant use. The metallic black plastic siding breaks the monotony of the finish of this phone. The front is adorned with a 3.2-inch capacitive touchscreen plus dedicated touchscreen buttons below it for Menu, Search and Back. The Home function has its own physical button on another row below. The screen has a 320 x 480 resolution with 256k colors which already looks good on a small device.   Top side is the 3.5mm audio jack near the center. On the right you’ll find the volume controls and the Power/Sleep button beside it. Left side houses the microUSB port for charging and data connection. The back panel has that rubbery feel going to it which makes it immune to prints and to some extent, scratches. You’ll see a slightly protruding area for the 3-megapixel camera. Prying open the back panel is a simple task where you’ll see the compartment for your 2 SIM cards and also the for the microSD card (2GB microSD included). Overall, it feels nice to hold and doesn’t have that awkward handling feeling some small phones exhibit. Just for comparison, it’s just slightly smaller than the Samsung Galaxy Ace. Performance The Alcatel Blaze Glory 918N is powered by a 650MHz processor running on stock Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS so you wouldn’t be seeing a lot of widgets and trimmings. There are apps that would give you more widgets though if that’s...

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BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review, the Bold just got sexier

Dec 30, 11 BlackBerry Bold 9790 Review, the Bold just got sexier

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Launched last month in Indonesia alongside with the BlackBerry Curve 9380, the BlackBerry Bold 9790 is one of the latest BlackBerry smartphones powered by the new BlackBerry 7 OS. Check out below to see how well this newest BlackBerry Bold offering performed in our review. Design The last upgrade from the BlackBerry Bold (97xx) line left a number of BlackBerry fans disappointed. Many did not find it worthwhile to upgrade from BlackBerry Bold 9700 to BlackBerry Bold 9780. Except from the minor bump of internal memory from 256 MB to 512 MB, 3.15 MP to 5 MP camera improvement and a jump from the OS 5 to OS 6, the physical features remained identical. This time, RIM stayed away from the previous and introduced a refreshing, new design. Although the dimension hasn’t been trimmed down significantly, the new BlackBerry Bold 9790 is a quarter centimeter thinner, 15g lighter and definitely sexier than its predecessors. RIM made an almost entire facelift on the BlackBerry Bold 9790 making it look like it belong to a different class. The silver chrome lining has been trimmed down on the front, exposing more of the black bezel on the bottom part of the phone below the keyboard. The Call, Menu, Escape and Power keys have been individually raised, forming a new layout. On the sides, the lining has been nicely contoured, hugging some of the areas where the previous buttons have been sitting. The buttons on the sides of the have been notably reduced. On the right side of the smartphone, the old rubberized volume control and shortcut key have been replaced with a much thinner and sturdier plastic-rubber Volume control and a customizable Convenience key. In the middle of the Volume control is the tiny Mute button previously found on top of the older models. The micro-USB port on the left side has been removed and placed on the bottom. The Smart button was also removed leaving the 3.5mm headset jack as the only sole connector. The top...

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a-JAYS One+ in-ear earphones with inline mic/remote review

Dec 26, 11 a-JAYS One+ in-ear earphones with inline mic/remote review

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We’re no stranger to the a-JAYs lineup which is a very decent replacement for your stock earphones. JAYS’ a-JAYS series is the entry-level earphones from the Swedish audio company that gives you value for your money. Anyway, the a-JAYS One+ retains the same good sound quality as that of the original version but only adds an in-line mic with a single push button that functions as a remote to handle your calls and music.    It still has the same nice packaging, the tangle-resistant flat cable, and 5 pairs of silicon sleeves with sizes from XXS to L to ensure the best fit with maximum external sound insulation. Yes, my picky ears find the sleeves very comfy. The angled jack makes it more resistant to damage due to bending. Even though the a-JAYS One+ is marketed towards Android users, you can use it even on non-Android phones and still have a functioning mic and in-line remote. The single button on the in-line remote does almost everything you would want from a music/phone remote. A single click will either answer/hang up a call, or pause/play your music depending on what you’re doing. Double-click will either move to the next track or decline a call. A triple-click will switch to previous track. Click-hold and double-click-hold will turn the volume up or down. It’s also compatible with most applications such as VoIP, Skype, iChat and voice memo. The advantage of Android users with this earphone is that they can download the JAYS Headset Control app from the Android market and customize how the remote behaves. One of the things you can do is also use the click combinations on the remote to launch applications. The sound profile on the a-JAYS One+ doesn’t differ from the original a-JAYS. It has a very much balanced output which sounds really good on ballads, acoustics, classical and pop. It’s not for the party tunes with lots of bass but it doesn’t mean that bass output is poor. The bass is there,...

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HTC Sensation XL Review, HTC’s best camera phone

Dec 17, 11 HTC Sensation XL Review, HTC’s best camera phone

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They say bigger is better, that is why HTC is throwing another device under the Sensation family to cater to the large-screen lovers of the smart phone world with the Sensation XL. Aside from having a remarkably large screen, this is also one of HTC’s Beats branded phone to cater to the audiophile in you. Design Many dubbed the XL as the WP7 HTC Titan for Android, and indeed it is for they are almost identical in terms of hardware design. It comes in a fresh white and silver finish that would appeal to a lot of people but also to a lot of dirt and smudge in the future. The front of the phone houses the 4.7-inch SLCD screen. Unfortunately, the XL only has a screen resolution of 480X800, as opposed to the XE or the original Sensation’s 540 x 960 qHD resolution. Despite this, the XL’s screen is great, colors are vibrant with on par viewing angles. We noticed that the screen is brighter than that of the original Sensation and the whites are whiter than Samsung’s AMOLED devices (S2, Note, Nexus). Below the huge screen are your standard capacitive Android buttons – Home, menu, back, and search, lying on top of an ivory white bezel. Above the screen you will find the 1.3 MP front-facing camera, the proximity and light sensor as well as the earpiece grill which is devoid of the usual red tone exhibited in the Sensation XE also carrying the Beats moniker. On the left side, you will find the micro-USB port for charging while the volume rocker is on the right. At the top side, you will find the 3.55mm audio jack and the uncomfortably depressed lock/power button which we will chalk to this review unit only. We saw others not exhibiting the same issue. The XL’s back cover is comprised mostly of brushed aluminum including the slightly protruded provision for the 8MP camera with the dual LED flash on its left and the speaker grill on...

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Noontec Zoro Headphone Review

Dec 13, 11 Noontec Zoro Headphone Review

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I’ve known Noontec for their hard drive storage accessories and digital media players like the MovieDock A6II we previously reviewed. Didn’t know that aside from portable power packs, they also have their own pair of headphones. Most people think that when a company doesn’t focus on just audio equipment, their audio products won’t be as good as those from audio brands. Is it the same thing for the Noontec Zoro? Find out in our review. Design The Noontec Zoro, especially the red one we have here, is definitely eye-catching with the design inspired by the uber-pricey Dr. Dre’s Monster Beats. The red coating looks cheap but it’s not. The surface has a piano crafting varnish making it durable without the brilliant color fading over time. There’s cushioning underneath the band and the ear muffs has a protein skin-friendly material which they say won’t cause allergies on your skin. This is also a foldable headphone so storing or transporting won’t be a problem. There’s even a carrying pouch included. The lower portion of the band snaps softly into place with steel reinforcement on its hinge. The headband is also adjustable with measured ruts so it will stick firmly when stretched out. The 1.2m flat audio cable won’t knot and is detachable from the headpiece although it may be a bit short for some people. I also noticed that the jack doesn’t go in as tight and snug as I want it to. I’m going to chalk it up to this review unit. Sound Quality Since the headphone is semi-open, you won’t get the studio-like soundstage on this one. The only noise-cancelling you can get from this is by turning up the volume and with that, expect your peers to hear what you’re listening to. I won’t use this in the library or in a noisy environment but more for personal listening like when you’re in your room unless you’re planning to show it off outside. The sound profile on the Noontec Zoro is very much...

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CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review

Dec 04, 11 CM Storm Spawn Gaming Mouse Review

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As the PC gaming industry gets bigger and bigger with new games being released every month, your mouse must be getting unresponsive and might act up on you in the middle of a game. Cooler Master introduces another weapon for the battlefield, The CM Storm Spawn. Cooler Master was kind enough to send us one to try out for all the gamers hunting for a new gaming mouse. Packaging The CM Storm Spawn comes in a tiny neat packaging which details the specifications of the mouse and also has a window where you can see how the mouse actually looks like. There’s a promo when you buy a CM Storm Spawn, it includes a free gaming pad. The CS-S Battle Pad H2 compliments the Spawn pretty well, better hurry though while supplies last. Design   The first thing I noticed with the Spawn is its shape. It’s definitely designed for Claw grip users (It’s on the box too “Claw-Style Ergonomic Design”). Being a palm grip user myself, I find it a bit awkward, but still I got used to it in no time. People with small hands might like it too as everything sits comfortably even if you’re using the palm grip. It also features a heavy-duty USB wire which can certainly handle your occasional tugs. Features The Spawn features 7 fully programmable buttons; two thumb buttons, left and right click, scroll click and two On-the-fly DPI adjustment buttons. The On-the-fly adjustment buttons seems placed too close to the scroll wheel, and you might accidentally up your sensitivity while switching weapons in most games. The anti-slip rubberized grip and the dotted rubberized side grips are very comfortable for long hours of gaming. The Ultra Swift Teflon Feet glides smoothly across the included CS-S Battle Pad H2, suffice to say, it glides along any surface smoothly. The Spawn packs a 3500 DPI Optical sensor and is very precise in tracking your movements. I tried playing with Starcraft II and the joy of using a 3500DPI...

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Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra 1.5TB external drive review

The FreeAgent GoFlex is Seagate’s line of simple and compact portable external drives but the one we have here is slightly different. It’s a bit chunkier and heavier but it also packs a whopping 1.5TB of storage. Watch your friends’ jaws drop when you answer them how much storage it has. 1.5TB is the highest capacity Seagate has gone so far on this size and we’re looking at a couple of 750GB platters inside it that results to the added size and heft. What’s nice here is that your typical USB port (not USB hubs or USB ports from keyboards and accessories) can power this drive by itself so no need for a different cable for power. The Seagate GoFlex Utra 1.5TB already supports USB 3.0 (also backwards compatible) although speed is slightly slower than your typical USB 3.0 drive. And just like the rest of the GoFlex family, the Ultra comes in two parts, the drive itself and the detachable SATA adapter for the USB cable that can be swapped with other tips that are sold separately, like FireWire or eSATA for instance. You will be happy to learn that the drive is already pre-formatted to NTFS to remove that pesky 4GB file limitation. It also comes with a built-in driver to allow Mac users to read and write from it although you still need to format it to HFS+ if you want to use Time Machine on it. A Memeo Backup software is bundled with it but you’d rather opt for other third-party backup softwares unless you wish to pay more for the full functionality. So what did we do with a portable hard drive? We went around asking friends to transfer all their HD videos into it. We weren’t able to test it with a USB 3.0 but on USB 2.0, average transfer speed is 27 MB/sec. for files around 1.5GB which took approximately 40 seconds to transfer. The Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Ultra 1.5TB is not a new product but it...

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Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X Review

Nov 28, 11 Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X Review

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Update: Here’s the latest Cherry Mobile Magnum S Octa Core Android 4.4 KitKat smartphone. The Cherry Mobile Magnum 2X is the local brand’s answer to the list of dual-core Android smartphones in the market today. It’s their most powerful smartphone to date and is also most affordable dual-core phone in the market. At only Php15,899, it’s about Php7,000 cheaper than the next affordable dual-core phone. The question you you might be asking now and the main reason why you are reading this is, “Is it worth it?” Let’s take a closer look and find out how Cherry Mobile fared with their Magnum 2X. Design Just like most if not all Cherry Mobile phones, the Magnum 2X is also a rebranded OEM phone from China, this time it’s the K-Touch 700 from Aliyun. India’s Micromax also uses the same OEM and brands it as the Micromax A85. Rebranding OEM devices is not always a bad thing. In fact, it drives the price really low and in the case of the Magnum 2X, Cherry Mobile picked a decent choice for their dual-core phone. When you look at this phone, you wouldn’t know it’s a Cherry Mobile. It’s probably the most gorgeous-looking phone the brand has to offer with the glossy front panel and the edgy lines and slanted edges probably inspired by the Nokia N8. Too bad it only comes in black. The front sports a 3.8” Gorilla Glass display with the four Android touch panels below it. I would position these buttons slightly lower to make use of the extra space at the bottom and that my thumb would fall naturally in place when pressing them. No branding whatsoever can be found at the front which some people actually prefer. The left side only has the volume rocker. The top has the microUSB port with a rubber covering which I fear might wear out from constant opening. Beside it is the 3.5 mm audio jack. The right side has the Power/Sleep button. You would also notice two...

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