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Introducing the Lenovo IdeaPad Z370

It looks like the theme for mainstream notebooks sporting Intel’s Sandy Bridge dual-core processor is colors, specifically bright, candy-like colors. We saw the Sony Vaio C early this year which sports striking colors that illuminates and now get a load of this Lenovo IdeaPad Z370, it looks like a VAIO with the logo replaced by a Lenovo. The Lenovo IdeaPad Z370 is simply a processor upgrade of the previous IdeaPad Z360 (which has considerably dropped its price). The Z370 has the 2nd generation Intel Core i3-2310M processor to power its attractive-looking shell, which in our case, is colored pink. It has a slight hint of a design on its lid that’s protected by a transparent shell that wards off fingerprints. The same transparent shell coats the inside of the laptop giving it a premium appeal instead of just having a glossy paint over it. There’s also the concave, chiclet keyboard that’s really comfortable to type with. Aside from the processor upgrade, this Z370 also packs an Nvidia GeForce 410M 1GB switchable graphics. Although the new integrated graphics of the Sandy Bridge processor already has a big improvement from previous one, you would still find comfort on the discrete GPU when playing games or editing your videos. Granted that battery life will diminish because of it, that’s where the switchable part comes in. The Z370 will automatically switch to integrated graphics if the GPU is not needed say for example you’re just composing an e-mail or writing a report. Everything else is pretty standard for a 13-inch notebook of these days. For Php39,500, you’ll get a colorful and premium-looking 13-inch notebook with the latest Core i3 processor and a GPU to boot. Oh it comes in cool Blue and boring Black by the way. The 14-inch Z470 goes for Php41,500 and uses a Core i5 if you want your notebook to be bigger and badder. We’ll be doing a full review of this baby soon. Meanwhile, here’s a short video of some first impressions on...

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Panasonic SC-HC25 compact stereo system will still accept your CDs

May 25, 11 Panasonic SC-HC25 compact stereo system will still accept your CDs

Posted by in Audio & Video

Check out this feature-rich compact stereo system from Panasonic. The SC-HC25 mini hi-fi is a surprising package that adopted the bamboo cone material to power its 10-watt output speakers and produce surround sound in a more extensive range resulting in clearer vocals and finely-tuned audio reproduction. The Panasonic SC-HC25 has a stylish motorized power sliding door for the protection of your CD. But that’s not all this stereo can play. The universal dock for your iPod and iPhone will slide out from the bottom of the unit at the press of a button. Push it back in when not being used. Another way to play your tracks is simply by plugging in a USB drive full of MP3s. If you don’t want to play your tunes, you can also preset 30 FM and 15 AM radio stations. This stereo system features a built-in digital synthesizer to fit the mood of your favorite tracks. It has enhanced sound quality that conforms to pitch, time and timbre with its preset equalizer (heavy, clear, soft, vocal and flat). You can view the song title, artist or radio frequency via its classy blue LCD display with advanced dimmer while a programmable timer can play the unit to play a specific station at a scheduled time. You can even use it to set your favorite tune (*cough* Buttercup *cough*) as your alarm to wake you in the morning. If you’re looking for a snazzy-looking stereo system to replace your tape/CD deck, you can get the Panasonic SC-HC25 for Php5,999 from your nearest Panasonic dealer. Related posts: No related...

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LG Optimus 2X for Php13,995 limited to 100 units only

May 24, 11 LG Optimus 2X for Php13,995 limited to 100 units only

Posted by in Contest & Promos, Mobile

You know that you can get the dual-core LG Optimus 2X Android smartphone for only Php13,995 right? That’s 50% off from its retail price of Php27,990!! It couldn’t get any cheaper than that and only 100 units are up for grabs with that price. There has to be a catch! Like create a 1-hour video trailer on why you deserve the Optimus 2x, upload to YouTube, force 500 friends to leave a comment, make 500 friends to like the LG page and follow their Twitter, then get at least 10,000 views on your video. Hahaha! Fortunately LG, made it easier for you to get their phone at a 50% discount. All you need to do is answer the question “Why should you be an LG Mobile 2Xpert?” then share the contest to three friends. That’s it! It will all depend on your mad writing skills to impress the panel of judges who will award the discount to 100 entries of their choosing. So if you’re up for the challenge, get your creative juices flowing and submit your entry here. Deadline of submission is before June 6. Oh don’t forget to have that Php13,995 ready just in case mmm’kay? Related posts: LG Optimus 2X and Black goes on sale, comes with elaborate mechanics Get ready for the LG Optimus 2X LG Optimus P500 Android phone debuts at...

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Devant 40SEL100 LED-tech LCD TV Review

May 24, 11 Devant 40SEL100 LED-tech LCD TV Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Not a lot of people know if Devant is a reliable brand when it comes to TVs. If you’re wondering, Devant is a Singaporean brand and you can only find their TVs being sold in big, trusted appliance stores nationwide. That says a lot about a brand’s reputation already. The Devant 40SEL100 is a 40-inch LED-tech LCD TV. Don’t get confused between LED-tech LCD TV and a LED TV. There’s no difference there. Devant just used the term LED-tech because there’s no such thing as a LED TV. Just like in laptop displays, it’s still an LCD display but with a backlit LED technology, hence, Devant is advertising it correctly as a LED-tech LCD TV. Setting up the 40SEL100 is very easy although you might want another person to help you keep the TV steady as you screw it on its very sturdy base. What’s nice about how this TV is installed is that you can easily swivel the display sideways to adjust the angle or for easy plugging of some cables at the back. Speaking of plugging cables, this TV is pretty loaded with all sorts of ports aside from the standard antenna one. There are two USB ports, component and composite ports, a VGA port, and a total of four HDMI ports! This makes the 40SEL100 an ideal living room TV where you can connect your game consoles, set-top box, home entertainment system or what have you. It’s also worth noting that the two USB ports are for the built-in digital media player. I tried all sorts of media files from AVI to MP4 and MKV and it can read them all off an external drive or a flash disk (I tried my 320GB external drive). It doesn’t support playback resume although there’s a feature where you can skip to a defined time on the movie. This TV is also DTV-ready with its built-in ISDB-T receiver. Something you may want to consider when buying a brand new TV since DTV is going...

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LG ushers next gen 3D TV featuring powerless 3D glasses

May 23, 11 LG ushers next gen 3D TV featuring powerless 3D glasses

Posted by in Audio & Video, Tech News

Earlier at an LG TV press launch, LG showcased their latest 3D TVs. The Cinema 3D TV features next generation 3D technology highlighted by a 3D glass that doesn’t require power. Unlike their older 3D TVs, your 3D viewing won’t be interrupted by a sudden loss of power on your 3D glasses. The Cinema 3D series of LG TV uses a 3D glass technology called Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) which is way better than shutter glasses of the previous years. Cinema 3D uses a polarized film on the screen to deliver different images for the left and right eyes. These images are then matched up with Cinema 3D glasses and the result is a 3D picture that is flicker-free with less crosstalk, meaning no more dizziness and eye fatigue that might occur when wearing shutter glasses. These FPR 3D glasses are free of electrical and moving parts meaning they are lighter and more comfortable, battery-free and cheaper as well. These LG Cinema 3D glasses are going to be priced under Php1,000 compared to shutter glasses that range from Php4,000 and above apiece. And you don’t want only one or two of these glasses, not unless there’s only two of you who’s watching the TV all the time. Right now, only LG Cinema 3D can take advantage of these FPR glasses. The key ingredient is the polarized film that’s coating the TV which the FPR glasses recognize. It won’t work when you use it to view traditional 3D TVs out there. Same goes when you use a shutter-type 3D glass to view 3D content on your LG Cinema 3D, it won’t work. So what’s the advantage of the Cinema 3D to the other 3D TVs currently out there aside from the use of FPR glasses? Well there’s the LG Light Boost which is a thin film that ensures 3D images are shown at their full brightness. Then there’s also the wide 180% viewing angle and flexible viewing positions because not every member of the family...

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Philips SHE8000 In-Ear Headphones Review

May 22, 11 Philips SHE8000 In-Ear Headphones Review

Posted by in Audio & Video, Featured, Reviews

Looking for a budget in-ear headphones to replace your default iPod earphones? Check out what this new Philips SHE8000 we’ve been using for a few weeks now has to offer. When you look at the packaging, it says that the SHE8000 is an in-ear headphones that’s made for tunes with lots of bass. Let’s find out if it really works that way. Design First let’s look at the hardware of this earphones. The Philips SHE8000 looks as basic as it can get. Nothing fancy with the design really although they’re saying that the Angled Acoustic Design will ensure a natural fit. Almost all earphones of the right size can fit naturally in your ears when adjusted properly. It has a plastic build making it comfortably light. Anyway, this earphone comes with 2 extra standard-sized pair of soft silicon caps of different sizes. That’s good my ear is kinda picky with sizes and I always buy those earphones with 4 extra pairs to include XS-sized cups. Although the smallest cup on the SHE8000 would fit my ears, I would experience ear-fatigue after a couple of hours. I like the angled connector tip on the SHE8000 as it would prevent stress on the cable. There’s also the adjustable cinch to join the left and right cables to prevent tangling which is very useful when storing the earphones. Performance Decent design but how does this fare really in actual usage? Well as far as bass is concern, I didn’t hear anything exceptional at all. I’ve played Ester Dean’s Drop It Low and Bass Down Low by The Cataracs but I didn’t feel that thumping on my chest whenever I use premium earphones. The bass is there but it doesn’t stand out. It’s actually good though when it comes to the treble, say for example Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed. I would say it’s a universal earphone that’s good for any tunes without specializing in just the bass. Another good thing about the SHE8000 is the noise-isolation it offers. One...

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Panasonic intros entry-level Lumix S1 budget digital camera

May 21, 11 Panasonic intros entry-level Lumix S1 budget digital camera

Posted by in Imaging & Photography

Panasonic recently introduced an entry-level Lumix digital camera that might suit those who want to have their first digital camera without breaking the piggy bank and compromising key features. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is a compact, simple-to-use, entry level camera that has the essential functions that you would want on a basic camera. The Lumix DMC-S1 sports a wide -angle 28mm DC Vario lens that can do 4x optical zoom (35mm camera equivalent: 28-112mm). It’s not Leica lens that most Lumix have but what can you expect from a budget camera right? I really don’t care much about megapixel count but if that’s a big thing for you, you’ll be glad to know that the S1 has a respectable 12.1 megapixel count. As for the essential functions, the S1 has an Optical Image Stabilizer that would really help prevent blurring from camera shakes. There’s also face recognition for better focusing when shooting people. You can also record 720p HD videos on this compact camera by the way. The Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 is available in five colors: Silver, Black, White, Pink and Blue and will retail for only Php6,990. The Canon Powershot A800 is still the cheapest branded entry-level at Php3,950 but that one doesn’t have any sort of image stabilization which is a big factor when taking photos based from experience. Panasonic Lumix DMC-S1 Specs: 28mm Wide-angle 4x Optical Zoom Lens 2.7-inch, 230,000-dot LCD 12.1-megapixel High-resolution CCD Venus Engine VI iA (Intelligent Auto) Mode MEGA O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) Intelligent ISO Control Face Detection AF/AE HD Movie Recording (1,280 x 720 pixels at 30fps in Motion JPEG Format) Auto Backlight Compensation Built-in Memory 20MB Approx. 240 Shots on a Single Battery Charge Colors: Silver, Black, White, Pink and Blue SRP: Php6,990 Related posts: No related...

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Yahoo! Messenger now available in iPad

May 20, 11 Yahoo! Messenger now available in iPad

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets, Tech News

Yahoo! Messenger recently announced that it can downloaded from iTunes and users can enjoy chatting, voice call and all of the others features that is available from the usual YM features. If you have the iPad 2, you can also do video chat as well. Yahoo! Messenger did not stop from re-inventing their apps, first we reported that you can integrate Facebook chat from your YM. Check our post here. Now, since iPad has become a common mobile device, they made their instant messaging app available to complete your YM experience. With Yahoo! Messenger iPad app, you can instantly connect with your friends regardless of what platform or device they are using from your iPad. Yahoo! Messenger is available for iOS and Android and on various  devices including PC, mobile phones, iPod Touch, and now it is already available for download at iTunes for your iPad. Yahoo! Messenger for iPad has the following features: Optimized for iPad: First official Yahoo! Messenger app for iPad – optimized user interface and design layout. Free Voice and Video: Make free voice and video calls to your Yahoo! Messenger friends. Video only works with iPhone, iPod Touch 4G and iPad 2. Free SMS: Text your friends in USA, Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Canada, Pakistan, Kuwait and Thailand. Recipients of SMS may be charged by their carriers. Photo & Video Sharing: Share photos and video in real-time, with your Yahoo! Messenger buddies. Windows Live Interop: Bring all your friends in one place: Add and IM your Windows® Live Messenger friends right in Yahoo! Messenger. Multitasking: Work with other iPad apps – a notification alerts you when an IM arrives, even when the app is running in the background. You can download the latest version from this link. Related posts: iPad 2 set to be revealed on March 2 iPad 2 is now official, what changed? Where to get your iPad 2 on April...

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The Opt iPad 2 Snap-on Cases will complement your Smart Cover

May 20, 11 The Opt iPad 2 Snap-on Cases will complement your Smart Cover

Posted by in Laptops & Tablets

If you have the iPad 2, you may have considered or even bought the Smart Cover for the lack of other choices. Well you also may have known already that the Smart Cover is not just enough. Sure it looks nice with the magnetic clip-on but at the end of the day, you would still leave the back of your iPad 2 prone to scratches. Opt will solve your problem with their iPad 2 Snap-on Cases. They don’t want you to ditch your Smart Cover but instead, the case will complement it by providing the back protection your iPad 2 sorely needs. The iPad 2 Snap-on Cases are made of genuine leather and is ultra-thin and lightweight yet very durable. It works wonders with the Apple Smart Cover; with a unique mag-lock feature that allows you to flip the Smart Cover over and keep it firmly attached to the snap-on case. It also comes in four funky designs that I wouldn’t want on my iPad 2. Sorry, I’m more after the sleek and classic look for my case. It hasn’t made its way into Opt resellers but it’s already here in the country. If you want one, you can order it online for Php2,195 by filling out an order form at facebook.com/OPT.Philippines. Each case already comes with a screen protector by the way. Related posts: No related...

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D-Link DHD-131 lets you stream movies to your HDTV wirelessly

May 19, 11 D-Link DHD-131 lets you stream movies to your HDTV wirelessly

Posted by in Business, Personal Computing, Tech News

Here’s something nice that I might get for myself when it becomes available. The recently introduced D-Link DHD-131 wireless display (WiDi) adapter allows you to stream videos to your HDTV from your laptop over a wireless network. Wireless Display (WiDi) is a system developed by Intel which is used for streaming high definition video content from a WiDi-enabled PC or laptop (meaning 2nd Gen Intel Core processor-powered) to a HDTV via the WiFi network, without the need for any cables. With the D-Link DHD-131, you don’t need those WiDi devices anymore. You can use your old laptop to beam content to your HDTV. With this device, you are not constrained with short HDMI cables. You can use your HDTV as your laptop’s extended monitor right from your couch. Using a secure WiFi technology equipped with WPA/WPA2 security features, high definition content such as videos, movies and music is instantly streamed on the TV screen. Using H.264 compression technology, 1080p video is streamed at 30 frames per second. The closest setup I can do right now is with the use of a network media player. I’ll use the media player to browse for shared folders in my wireless home network which includes my PC and laptop then stream the videos to the TV. Not an elegant solution and my media player has to be connected to my TV and wireless router with cable. Now picture this, I have a laptop, this D-Link WiDi adapter and a WiFi dongle like the Huawei E5. I can bring these to any place with an HDTV and I can view my laptop’s display on the big screen. Now you don’t have to hunch over your laptop to watch movies when you’re stuck at your hotel. The D-Link DHD-131 WiDi Adapter will arrive here at the third quarter of 2011. We don’t have the price yet and your guess is as good as mine. I hope it’s an inexpensive device. Related posts: The $100 Laptop and the OLPC Association Dell introduces new...

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Sony Handycam DCR-SX65 Review

May 19, 11 Sony Handycam DCR-SX65 Review

Posted by in Featured, Imaging & Photography, Reviews

I was hesitant at first when I was offered to do a review of the Sony Handycam DCR-SX65. First of all, I knew nothing about video cameras. As a photography nut, I was never really a fan of video cameras because growing up, I just found it so bulky and required so much time and effort to go take videos, replay them and edit them. Plus my mentality is that if I did all of those, how would it be appreciated by others unless I give them all a CD copy of my work. So let me give you a walkthrough of the Sony Handycam SX65 from a complete amateur like me. Going back to my hesitation on doing a review for this Sony Handycam, what actually made me give in to the idea of testing it out was when I got a hold of it. Technology is something else, I tell you. The DCR-SX65 is just so small, so good-looking. I never knew that they produced video cameras this small! It weighs 8.1oz. It’s heavier than your normal point-and-shoot camera but it still is really light for my idea of a video camera. The unit I tested is ruby red and once I slipped my hand into the grip belt, it just felt comfortable to hold. I guess that over the years, they’ve tailored hand-held cameras to finally JUST fit perfectly into my hands. I’m also not much of a manual-reader so I just dove in and tinkered with the buttons. My props to Sony for not having too many buttons outside the video camera. It has the record button just exactly within reach of my thumb, and I’m able to reach the other buttons with my index and middle finger – that would be the modes (Video, Stills), Shutter button for still shots and zooming button. Upon opening the 3.0 Wide LCD Touch panel, there were a few buttons just for Power, Play, Light and iAuto. I thought it was brilliant that...

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BlackBerry Travel for the frequent travelers out there

May 19, 11 BlackBerry Travel for the frequent travelers out there

Posted by in Mobile

The ultimate travel app for Filipino BlackBerry users is now available in the Philippines. This new app is an all-in-one integrated tool to plan, book, manage and share travel activities quickly and easily. The BlackBerry Travel app offers convenient push notifications and seamless integration of travel itineraries and flight status updates into the familiar BlackBerry Calendar.  When a new booking confirmation or itinerary arrives in the user’s email inbox, the BlackBerry Travel app is automatically updated with the relevant itinerary details, which makes travel planning and management easier than ever. With the BlackBerry push technology, the BlackBerry Travel app can keep users informed and in control of their itineraries by monitoring flight statuses and promptly providing notifications about changes to their flight information. The app can even identify potential omissions or scheduling concerns with the itineraries, such as missing accommodations or timing conflicts, and provide users with suggestions. The BlackBerry Travel app also brings together tools that travelers need while planning on the go, including: Hotel booking Currency converters Weather forecasts Local search functionality In addition, BlackBerry smartphone users can share their travel information with colleagues, friends and family over email or through LinkedIn®, directly from the BlackBerry Travel app. The LinkedIn integration allows users to search for people in their network who will be in the same city, send messages to contacts and update their status. Why no Facebook? The BlackBerry Travel app also features a web component that allows users to book flights and car rentals, as well as print and edit itineraries, from their computer. The BlackBerry Travel app was built in collaboration with WorldMate, a leader in mobile travel platforms.  WorldMate and RIM are working together with leaders in the travel industries such as Continental Airlines, Expedia Affiliate Network, Hilton Worldwide, Starwood Hotels and Resorts, United Airlines to provide BlackBerry Travel app users with an amazing mobile experience. The BlackBerry Travel app will be available as a beta download today from the Test Center category on BlackBerry App World(www.blackberry.com/appworld). The app...

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