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Power banks are no longer a niche accessory, but has become a necessity for anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle. As such, the business has boomed so much that you’ll find one from online markets to your local street corner store. However, it’s also because of this reason that counterfeit products have become rampant, and sometimes, differentiating the real one from the fake one isn’t so easy to the untrained eye. As such, it’s important to know the risks associated with using these products, as well as how to spot which ones are authentic, and which ones are not. A Power Bank should be built to last When buying a power bank, the first thing to look at is how it’s packaged, and the product’s build quality. Look for any misprints, typographical errors, or missing stickers on the packaging. If there’s a generic, round, oval, or rectangular sticker on the power…

ASUS is giving its fans a special treat this holiday season with its 12 Weeks of Zen Promo, where 20 lucky ZenFone owners will receive incredible prizes, including an all-expense-paid trip to Taiwan! Each valid purchase of select ZenFone models from October 14, 2018 to January 5, 2019, from ASUS Concept Stores, Kiosks, and accredited multi-brand stores nationwide, or via the official ASUS Online Store will earn them a raffle entry. Valid ZenFone Models: ZenFone Live ZenFone Live L1 (1GB, 2GB) ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite ZenFone 4 Max Lite ZenFone Max M1 ZenFone 4 Max ZenFone Max Plus ZenFone 4 Selfie ZenFone Max Pro (3GB, 4GB) ZenFone 5Q ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro ZenFone 5 ZenFone 4 ZenFone 4 Pro ZenFone 5Z To join the raffle, all you have to do is go to this microsite, and provide the necessary details. Winners will be drawn weekly, cut off is Saturday,11:59PM of…

When it comes to gaming laptops, ASUS ROG sure knows how to work its magic, by creating products that offer aesthetics that represent the brand’s values, while delivering the performance that gamers need to have that competitive edge. Such an example is the ROG Strix GL504GS Scar II. The second iteration of its kind, this one promises to be tons better than its predecessor in many aspects. The question is, can it walk the talk? let’s find out in this review. Specifications Design The Scar II retains its signature military camouflage marks,  and much of the aesthetics have undergone a makeover. The ROG logo on the lid for instance, now has RGB lighting, The bezels on the display are now much more thinner as well, allowing the laptop to be narrower without reducing screen size. There’s also an RGB-enabled section on the chin, which unfortunately, has no other purpose than…

Announced at COMPUTEX 2018, the ASUS ROG Phone is in many way, a dream come true for mobile gamers – from its striking design, to its powerful specifications, and features that really set it apart, and way above the competition. Today, ASUS has sent hints that the phone is finally on its way to the Philippines, and is most likely set for a grand unveiling on October 28, 2018, at this year’s Esports and Gaming Summit (ESGS), to be held at the SMX Convention Center. To give you a refresher, the ASUS ROG Phone boasts a 6-inch FHD+ display with 90Hz refresh rate for smooth and fluid visuals. Under the hood is no less than a Snapdragon 845 amped up to a clock speed of 2.96GHz. It’s got 8GB of RAM along with 512GB of storage. With X Mode, you can harness the device’s maximum performance without being interrupted by…

As a treat for its fans, ASUS has slashed PhP1,000 off the price of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 4GB/64GB variant. bringing its cost to just PhP12,995! To give you a refresher, the ZenFone Max Pro M1 sports a 6-inch FHD+ display, and is powered by a Snapdragon 636 processor along with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage, expandable with a microSD card. It also has dual rear cameras, and a 5,000mAh power pack, giving you the longevity that’s needed for your on-the-go lifestyle. Specifications The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1 4GB/64GB variant is available at ZenFone Concept Store and Kiosks nationwide. You may also want to check out our full review.

In this age of competitive gaming, every bit of help that you can get from your gear helps. Your monitor’s refresh rate, your PC’s better graphics card. your mouse’s DPI, and the list goes on. And while today’s mice are mostly designed to work on any surface, a good mousepad still comes in handy for those situations when you need that extra bit of performance. The ROG Scabbard is a prime example of such. Design At 900 x 400 x 2mm, the ROG Scabbard is large enough to fit not only your mouse, but also your keyboard, with enough extra space for a few other items on your desk. In a way, it also acts as a wrist pad, for a more comfortable typing experience. That also means you need a big table to use it. Unless of course, you’re okay with half of it dangling on the side. Using it…

The ROG Strix Flare is the latest entry in the brand’s arsenal of mechanical gaming keyboards. With a new design which focuses on extended functionality not only for gaming, but also for general and entertainment purposes, it embodies a new approach to offering gamers a product that gives them a competitive edge, but at the same time, remains functional for everyday use. Design and Build Quality The first thing that you’ll notice with the ROG Strix Flare is its build quality. Despite being mostly made of plastic, the keyboard is quite heavy. The design utilizes a semi-metallic matte finish, which basically means you’ll see some tiny glittery effects when its illuminated from the right angle. Focusing on added functionality, there’s a dedicated volume control roller on the upper left, which can also be pressed  to mute all sounds. There’s also dedicated buttons for controlling media playback, disabling the windows key,…

Gamers now have a new place to check out and purchase the latest gaming gear from ASUS Republic of Gamers, as if officially celebrated the opening of its newest concept store yesterday. Located at the Cyberzone in SM Mall of Asia, the new ROG Concept Store is the first to feature a design that’s almost similar to its flagship Concept Store in Taiwan – an environment that’s perfect for experiencing its latest arsenal of products. The concept store hosts the latest products from the brand The concept store hosts the newest gaming laptops, such as the ROG Zephyrus S, and the GL504 Hero II and Scar II, which you’re welcome to try out for yourself. You’ll also find their latest displays, desktops, peripherals, components, and even apparel! ASUS Philippines Country Manager Mr George Su, spearheaded the opening of store, and as usual, thanked the dealers, the members of the media,…

ASUS has just announced its latest promo for the ZenFone Max Pro M1, featuring its #MaxATeam — Kaisaya, TriNhil, Gloco and Asurai! From September 28 to 30, you can get PhP1,000 off the original price of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 3GB/32GB variant. All you have to do is download the Lazada app, purchase a ZenFone Max Pro M1 from the official Lazada Store, and enter the special voucher code on check out. The promo is open for the first 20 buyers of the Max Pro 3GB variant who will use the official voucher codes revealed by the Max A-Team. Find out what these codes are, as well as the full mechanics of the promo, by clicking here. You may also want to check out our full review of the ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M1.

ASUS ROG has partnered with NVIDIA for its newest campaign – Supercharge My PC, backed by world-renowned PC modders TantricmodZ PC Casemodding, J.P. Modified, and Bernardo Mod Chop. From September 15 to October 14, 2018, every purchase of an ASUS/ASUS ROG NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 (or higher) GPU will qualify the end-user to join the promotion. He or she will also receive a limited edition ROG-NVIDIA eSports shirt, which can be claimed here from September 15 to October 28, 2018. To join the raffle, the end-user must like the ASUS ROG and NVIDIA GeForce Philippines Facebook Pages, take a photo of his or her PC with the graphics card, post it publicly on Facebook with the hashtags #ROG #GeForce and #SuperchargeMyPC, and share it on the Facebook Communities – ASUS Republic of Gamers Philippines and GeForce Community. He or she can then include the URL of the post in the claiming page,…

ASUS is covering every segment of the market with its newest consumer notebooks. For those who prefer a more vibrant and youthful style with no compromises in performance, welcome the new VivoBook S13, S14, and S15. Announced at COMPUTEX 2018, these new ultrabooks are available in five color options. Similar to last year’s iteration, these are also equipped with the Ergolift hinge, which raises the keyboard as the lid opens, for a more natural and comfortable typing experience. It also has 3-sided NanoEdge display, which gives you more screen and thinner bezels. The new VivoBooks are powered by Intel’s 8th Generation processors, along with up to 8GB of RAM, up to 2TB of storage, and a capable NVIDIA MX 150 for graphics. Specifications Pricing and Availability The ASUS VivoBook S13, S14 and S15 are now available in stores nationwide.

Good Battery Life is one of the main factors that I personally look for in a laptop, and if you’re in the same boat, ASUS’ new ZenBook S may just be what you’re looking for. Announced at IFA 2018, this longevity beast offers a staggering 20 hours of battery life. That should be more than enough for your day to day task, plus some entertainment on the side. The ZenBook S has a 13.3-inch FHD display, and runs on an Intel Core i7-8550U processor, and 8GB of LPDDR3 RAM, the ZenBook S offers military-grade durability, and the absolute level of performance and portability that users on-the-go need. Specifications Pricing and Availability The ASUS ZenBook S is now available in stores nationwide, and is priced at PhP74,995 for the base model with a Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB SSD, and PhP99,995 for the higher specced variant with…

At IFA 2018, ASUS has announced a myriad of new consumer laptops, aimed at giving its customers the performance they need to do their tasks, combined with a slim profile and elegant looks. And now, these stylish and powerful machines have made their way onto local shores. The new ZenBook 13, 14, and 15 all feature a slim profile, along with ASUS’ signature NanoEdge displays that results to a 95% screen-to-body ratio for a near-borderless viewing experience. Their ultra-compact design takes advantage of the ErgoLift hinge mechanism, which slightly raises the keyboard, giving you a more natural and comfortable typing experience. The ZenBook 13 and 14 also feature the new NumberPad, which basically turns the touch pad into a numeric keypad. Under the hood are 8th Generation Intel Core i7 Processors, and up to an GTX 1050 with Max-Q design. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OtDFHdub9rc Specifications Pricing and Availability The ASUS ZenBook 13, 14…

ASUS has finally brought its newest lineup of premium notebooks to the Philippine market, allowing customers to harness their #CreativePower. Meet the new ZenBook Pro 14 and 15. Both are designed to deliver beauty and performance – a combination of stylish and sleek visuals combined, the most ideal and reliable components, and cutting-edge features.  First seen at COMPUTEX 2018, the new ZenBook Pro comes in 14 and 15-inch variants, both polished with a sleek and elegant look, along with a NanoEdge display that utilizes slim bezels to give you more room for content. The ZenBook Pro 15 is equipped with up to a 4K display, up to a Core i9 processor, and a GTX 1050Ti, while the smaller variant has a Full HD display, a Core i7 Processor and a GTX 1050 with Max-Q Design. Both models can be configured with up to 16GB of DDR4 2400MHz RAM, along with up…

ASUS initially launched the 3GB + 32GB variant of the ZenFone Max Pro M1 as an online exclusive. Recently, the company has announced that the device is now available in select ASUS accredited stores an kiosks nationwide! The ZenFone Max Pro M1 boasts a 6-inch FHD+ 18:9 display, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 636. At the back of the devce is a 12MP main sensor augmented by a 5MP depth sensor. These are complimented by an 8MP front snapper. It runs on Android Oreo 8.1 and packs a massive 5,000mAh battery. Check out our full review here. List of participating stores

Announced in COMPUTEX 2018, the ROG Thor 1200W and 850W Platinum Power Supplies were a highlight of ASUS ROG’s launch event, welcoming an entirely new product category to its product portfolio. The ROG Thor Series boasts 2 times more surface area than standard designs. It also features larger heatsinks combined with other premium components that result to cooler operation when under load, extended lifespan, and silent operation. To make sure that these can keep up with the demands of today’s games, both PSU’s are equipped with a patented 135mm wing blade fan that’s also found in some of the brand’s high-end graphics cards. This design delivers increased static pressure to cool components efficiently at lower RPMs compared to a traditional fan. It’s also IP5X dust resistant for a long lifespan. At the flick of the rear-mounted 0dB switch, the wing blade fan stops completely at low temperatures, and with 80…

In April of 2017, ASUS introduced the ZenFone Live – A phone aimed at content creators who are on a tight budget. It had some interesting features – BeautyLive, which allowed users to adjust the level of beautification in the middle of a livestream. as well as Dual Mics with noise cancelling, a 5-magnet speaker, and a smart amplifier that delivers up to 6 times more volume. Fast forward to today, and the company has finally introduced a new member of its ZenFone Live portfolio. And while the ASUS ZenFone Live L1 no longer has the Beauty Live app, it has undergone a much-needed makeover from its year-old brother. With a more capable processor, a slight change in design, and more. But are these changes enough to make it relevant at this time? let’s find out in this review. Specifications Design and Build Quality I personally like the first ZenFone…

The ASUS ROG Strix Hero was highly regarded as a gaming laptop that’s right at the sweet spot of the balance of performance and price. And at COMPUTEX 2018, barely a year after its launch, ASUS announced its successor, the ROG Strix Hero II. Disclaimer: Since the unit that we received was an Engineering Sample, we resorted not to post any benchmarks for this write-up, as the results may greatly differ from what can be expected from a retail unit. As such, we’ve already requested for a retail unit, and will be posting a more detailed review including fps charts, temperature tests, and a battery test soon. Specifications Design and Build Quality At first glance, the Hero II seems to be a slightly more compact version of its predecessor. Its bezels are also noticeably thinner, which means you get a higher screen-to-body ratio, and more real estate for your games.…