Author

Giancarlo Viterbo

Browsing

Endless Upgrade Possibilities Google Mesh is sold in a fixed bundle. You get 3 hubs, and you can place it anywhere for as long as they are matched and connected. It isn’t exactly bad, to be honest, but things will get a little complicated and expensive when you want to expand or upgrade. Google, Luma or even TP-Link will require you to buy a 3-pack bundle, match and connect them accordingly. With ASUS’ AiMesh, for as long as your supported ASUS router’s firmware is updated, you can just simply setup AiMesh via Network Map or Dashboard. It is as simple as refreshing, waiting for the supported router to search for another AiMesh-supporter router. ASUS AiMesh process is much simpler in a nutshell: combine to create a whole home WiFi system. AI in AiMesh There’s a reason why ASUS is calling this AiMesh. Ai is there for a big reason! AiMesh…

Who would have thought that Huawei would further compete in the budget category with a smartphone tucked with an impressive set of specification and features? This is our unboxing of the Huawei Y6 (2018)! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lC2qT_oLya4 At the time of this posting, Huawei has not yet given us the retail price of the Huawei Y6 (2018). Apart from the smartphone, the box includes a charger, a micro USB cable and a SIM ejector tool. Surprisingly, we didn’t see any included earphones, but Huawei confirmed that it’s part of the retail box. Update (April 17, 2018): Huawei just announced that Huawei Y6 (2018) is just PhP5,990! Huawei Y6’s design is similar. For a budget smartphone, this phone does definitely not look like one. It slightly resembles the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, albeit lacks the fingerprint sensor, 3 camera systems, Kirin chipset and a few other hardware stuff. This is perhaps another way…

Dubbed as Huawei Nova 3e in China, this worthy successor to the Nova line or a lighter but still premium version of the P20 is going to be a huge treat to Huawei fans in the Philippines. The device boasts an impressive cast of specifications and features that will delight the fans of the brand and even mobile photography lovers. Let’s go ahead and unbox this P20 Lite! Note though that this is not yet a retail unit. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIf7H2Zl-3U I’m not actually sure if this is going to be the retail box once this become available. It isn’t as fancy as the boxes of Nova 2 Lite, Nova 2i and even the previous P10 series. One thing is for sure, they are going to sell this as P20 Lite in the Philippines based on the model number on its box: ANE-LX2J. This is the same model name used in other…

Lights and sound play a vital role in one’s mood. This new trend is everpresent in various lifestyle activities like playing video games, working from home and dining. This is exactly one of the reasons why more and more devices are mixing lights and sound at the core of their features. This is also probably the reason why Hong Kong-based tech lifestyle technology, Havit, made their first LED Bluetooth speaker. LED Bluetooth speakers aren’t actually new. Yell and JBL are among the pioneers in this category, and even Shenzhen-based Olike has also been trying to snatch a piece of attention. Havit’s own LED Bluetooth speaker boasts a unique design, acceptable sound quality and a unique feature that none of its competitors have – 4000mAh power bank. The speaker is made of anodized aluminum, with a texture and overall feel quite similar to Apple’s MacBook series. If you put this beside a MacBook,…

So Huawei just announced that they are bringing Huawei P20 Lite in the Philippines. We thought of putting up a quick comparison table among Huawei P20 Lite, Huawei Nova 2i, ASUS Zenfone 5Q, OPPO F7 and VIVO V9. In the next few weeks, you’ll see us posting more detailed comparison of these smartphones so you can have informed decision prior to purchasing one. Coverage of our comparison will be as follows; Phone benchmark Photos using Rear Camera Photos using Front Camera Videos using Rear Camera Videos using Front Camera Sound (db) benchmark Currently, we have Nova 2i, OPPO F7 and VIVO V9 at our review device bucket. We will request ASUS if they can provide again an ASUS 5Q for our review and comparison. We also encourage you to drop your questions or suggestions on the comments section, and we’ll see if if we can work something out.

It’s the time of the year when IDC or the International Data Corporation produces and reports market data. Last April 5, IDC Asean Senior Market Analyst for Client Devices, Jensen Ooi, and Associate Market Analyst for Client Devices Sean Agapito report the latest update on the country’s consumer devices market. In the report, IDC reported a global decline of total smartphone shipments in 2017 by 1%. Major contributor to the decline is the increase of average selling price (ASP) of smartphones to 22.5% to USD 198. Despite this year’s global shipment decline, IDC reports that the expected smartphone shipment for 2018 will grow, as seen on the data below. Changing user demand led to first time decline of #smartphone shipments in 2017. The average selling price (ASP) of #smartphones grew 22.5% to USD198. Growth in 2018 to be spurred by Samsung, Apple, and Chinese brands. #AskIDCPH pic.twitter.com/0PfsLq6TJa — IDC Philippines…

In cooperation with ASUS Republic of Gamers and Bluehole, we’re giving away 20 access keys to PUBG: Closed Experimental Server. This will let players can gain access to the upcoming 4×4 map, Savage, in a limited time (April 3 at 10:00 am Philippine time to April 5 at 7:00pm Philippine time). As we’ve got limited keys available, we thought of raffling these keys off by simply participating below. Yes, I know, today’s April Fool’s day, but to us, the weight of Easter is incomparably much bigger. So, if you’ve got a PC that can play PUBG, then try to get a chance to get a key! Otherwise, we don’t recommend you joining since Bluehole and PUBG Corporation really want PC gamers to test the game before full release. Note that YOU DON’T NEED A FULL COPY OF PUBG TO BE ABLE TO GET INTO THE EXPERIMENTAL SERVER. PUBG: Closed Experimental…

Filipino tech innovator and company, Cherry Mobile, just gave us a first glimpse and experience of the first camera laboratory in the Philippines.  Located inside their building, the Camera Lab was put up in close partnership and collaboration with Samsung Electronics Device Solutions Group. The move between the two companies set Cherry Mobile as the first local brand to have a camera testing facility. This enables the company to take rigorous imaging tests that include color accuracy, sharpness, ISO, and BSU of their headsets. This is one of the steps of the local brand to listen and address their consumers’ needs, and eventually, improve their current and future handsets. In a statement given by AVP for product development Lonson Alejandrino, “Selfie-centric smartphone is becoming a trend and Cherry Mobile understands the importance of it to the Filipino market, hence, we are continuously developing and innovating when it comes to camera…

As a brand that puts awesomeness at its core persona, there is no better way to communicate this than to tap a talented and skilled player in the NBA. If VIVO has Stephen Curry, local based tech company, Cloudfone, just got Kyrie Irving as their new face. This surprising move by the local company was brought about by their partnership with NBA. Kyrie was 2014’s NBA All-Star Game MVP. In 2016, Irving got his first NBA Championship with Cavaliers. In 2017, Irving requested Cavaliers to trade him to avoid sharing the spotlight with his Lebron James. He was eventually traded to Boston Celtics in exchange for Isaiah Tomas, Jae Crowder and Ante Zizik. Apart from playing professional basketball, he is also known for his role as Uncle Drew. The character was initially a concept for Pepsi Max advertisements but was eventually produced to a full-length movie, which will be shown…

For many years, Fitbit’s commitment to transform people’s lives with the products they produce has never wavered. Since the time we started reviewing their products, the quality and innovation they put on their products have proven to be excellent. Fitbit Charge HR, which I still use until today, has exceeded my expectation in terms of monitoring my heartbeat. Alta HR, on the other hand, has set a benchmark for sleep and altitude tracking. Fitbit Blaze transformed Fitbit’s trackers to smartwatches without sacrificing battery life. Here’s Fitbit Ionic. Released a year after Fitbit Blaze, Ionic is the culmination of the best technologies of Fitbit. It has all the best features that Fitbit made available to all their trackers and smartwatches. You can check out all the features of Fitbit Ionic on this link. Unboxing Fitbit Ionic’s packaging includes all the necessary stuff to get you going. It’s meant to be used right…

Well, our guess turned out to be true! A few days ago, Huawei teased the probable price of Nova 2 Lite. Just today, the Chinese brand finally revealed the SRP of the new Nova variant, and our PhP9,900 guess turned out to be the right one. Starting March 14, you can now pre-order the Huawei Nova 2 Lite, and get you can get a JBL Bluetooth Headphones for FREE. In order for buyers to qualify, they must pre-order to selected stores with an amount of PhP1,000 that will be deducted on the total amount of the unit upon redemption. Pre-order period ends on March 23, and redemption starts March 24, 2018. Only those who pre-ordered the unit will receive the JBL E40 Bluetooth Headphone. For more information, head on to this link.

It was a year ago when we posted our review of Plantronics RIG 500. Back then, using and reviewing a Plantronics audio device positioned for gamers felt weird, but over the course of less than a year, the brand has fully established itself as a competent gaming peripheral brand. It dispelled our fixed notion of it being the brand of first choice exclusively for busy professionals who are looking for wireless Bluetooth headsets. Plantronics RIG 500 was an amazing gaming go-to headset, but it isn’t something without flaws. The included isolating earcups didn’t give enough expected isolation to block out background noise, not to mention the lack of breathability. It wasn’t comfortable to wear for long gameplay as its padded faux leather cups completely cover both ears. Despite this setback, RIG 500 proved that Plantronics put their heart out in developing a headset that produces excellent audio quality. A year later,…

If you happen to be like us who spend most of the time working outside the office, you’re probably lugging around a mobile phone with at least 16gb of internal space, a laptop, and an external hard drive.  This new work culture has been going on for quite a while now, and the trend is likely to increase in the next few years. In this regard, more brands are adapting by coming up with new products that fit the trend. This is exactly what Transcend is doing, and their new wallet-sized portable drive could be something that will appeal the new productive workforce. Build For a wallet-sized portable hard drive, the ESD220C is the lightest I’ve used so far. When they said it was compact and lightweight, I actually didn’t expect it to be so light that a baby can lift it with minimal to zero effort. It’s about half as…