These days, Power banks are already a staple in just about everyone’s bag. From the one who casually roams around the city to take photos, to the gamer who’s glued to the screen for hours on end. It has become an intangible tool for a digital lifestyle.

As such, companies are still trying to innovate with these things. Making them slimmer, packing more juice, and carrying more features than ever before.

The ASUS ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 is a perfect example of such. As the name implies, the new version now has a USB Type-C port, and features Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology, which means compatible devices should charge significantly faster than before.

Packaging

zenpower 10050cASUS sticks to a minimal packaging here. With only a small box which contains the unit, a Warranty Card, a User Manual, and a Type-C cable. Unlike the previous version, it doesn’t come with a sleeve. Not exactly a deal breaker, but would’ve been nice.

Design and Build Quality

zenpower 10050cThe Type-C/QC 3.0 version isn’t really different from the previous one in terms of design. You get a bar shaped power bank with rounded edges, wrapped in a metal case. It’s also just as thick as the previous version, which means it should fit most pockets.

zenpower 10050cIn terms of ports, you still get two of them, only now, one is Quick Charge 3.0 compatible. You still have the button which, in a single press, can be used to check the amount of charge remaining on the power bank, there are also the familiar indicator lights, and an extra light for needed illumination.

The standard microUSB port has now been replaced by a reversible Type-C port. Since it’s reversible, you don’t have to worry about breaking the end of that cable when trying to connect it. It also provides future-proofing, as more and more companies are transitioning to the standard. If there’s anything I can complain about, it’s probably the supplied Type-C cable, which I find to be a bit too short.

Performance

zenpower 10050cOf course, you don’t buy a power bank just because it’s compact. You buy it because it’s supposed to charge as many devices, as fast as possible, and as many times as possible.

On that regard, the ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 doesn’t disappoint. Using the Quick Charge 3.0 port, Charging the Zenfone 5 from zero to full took slightly less than 2 hours. On the other hand, charging the power bank from almost empty to full takes around 4 hours.

After a full charge, there’s still 2 dots lit on the power bank, which means, you can probably charge the Zenfone 5 to full at least twice before it runs out of juice.

 

 

 

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ASUS ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 Quick Review
Packaging
Design and Build Quality
Performance
What's Good
Pocket-friendly design
QC 3.0 port works well for compatible devices
Type-C port adds flexibility and future-proofing
Good price
What's Not
Supplied USB Type-C cable is a bit too short
No sleeve included
4.7
Our Verdict
The ZenPower 10050C QC 3.0 offers a number of improvements over the previous version, without any compromise to its pocket-friendly design. The new Quick Charge 3.0 port works well for compatible devices, and the Type-C port is a step forward offering more flexibility with the devices that you can charge. It also provides a sort of future-proofing, as more and more devices continue to adopt the standard. For its PhP1,795 price tag, this is a power bank that offers good value, especially if you have a Quick Charge 3.0 compatible device.

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

The Gadget Pilipinas Team was given access to a press briefing with Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director from From Software and a bit of hands-on gameplay. Here’s our take on the hands-on gameplay and the insights from the press interview. We also  figured a listicle is in order to rundown why this game will match the hype surrounding it.

Here’s our Top 5 reasons why “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” is to die for.

1) The game is Tenchu-inspired

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2) Casual or hardcore can play

sn1rmqcvrwomyuttaoyq 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forFrom Software is notorious for challenging games and Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is no exception. However, Hidetaka Miyazaki, Director of From Software, revealed that he himself is a casual gamer and has made it clear that the game should be accessible to beginners and experienced players alike.

3) Upgradeable prosthetic arm

jjn6e6ivua5u142iukql 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat prosthetic arm that Sekiro has isn’t just for looks. It can launch a grappling hook and is upgradeable too. No details were revealed but its good to know that a skill-tree based system is in place. Think Horizon Zero Dawn or Spiderman on the way skill and gadgets are upgraded. Tech upgrades set in feudal Japan? What’s not to like?

4) Play the style that suits you

jo1pi5md3myj0pxynz9p 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forStealth like Tenchu or head-on like Dark Souls? It’s up to you. What’s clear is that you can’t use stealth for the whole campaign since the game wasn’t designed that way. Stealth can be used to thin enemy numbers and to preserve your health before confronting the big boss. The mix of stealth and hack and slash is always a good mix to change-up the pace and should suit any gameplay style.

5) Single-player only campaign can last 20 to 30 hours 

ocxemodvr6oa72argpyo 770x433 - Top 5 reasons "Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice" is to die forThat’s the length of the campaign as per Miyazaki. The game is focused-solely on the single-player experience. No more wayward players who can just jump-in and help or derail your campaign. From Software also focused on the story-telling. Given that no resources were spent in developing the multiplayer aspect, expect the campaign to take it up a notch.

Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice will be released on March 22, 2019 on PC, Xbox One and the Playstation 4.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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Heads-up, Pro Evolution Soccer (PES) players. The PES game you’re playing on your phone is going to get a major upgrade.

For starters, the visuals will get a major overhaul and will be using Unreal Engine 4 – the same graphics engine used in triple A games for consoles and PCs. With the use of Unreal Engine 4, PES will be inching closer to how it looks versus its console port. It

Next, over 3,000 new animations, improved player AI with every playstyle accounted for, and realistic ball movements has been optimized for fans to enjoy the ultimate soccer game.

And lastly, 10 new league licenses from Europe, South America and Asia have been added, including Japan’s J. League.

The best part? Despite these updates,  Winning Eleven 2019 is still free-to-play (with in-game purchases).

PES 2019 promises to give a life-like behavior of the beautiful game and should take competitive mobile sports gaming to new heights.

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More about the game and new features, here.

Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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