• Dell Venue 8 Pro Review

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    A small, powerful, next-gen atom-based Windows 8.1 tablet

    Dell Venue 8 Pro
  • My Desktop: Dell XPS 2720 All-in-one

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    Dell's monster powerhouse desktop takes on the Apple iMac. Read my journey on why I got this machine :)

    Dell XPS 2720
  • Pebble Smart Watch

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    This may be the start of a new trend in smart watches

    Pebble Smart Watch
  • Google Chromecast Review

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    Google’s take on conquering your living room

    Google Chromecast
  • Audio Engine 5+

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    High-end performance for desktops and home entertainment systems

    Audio Engine 5+ Speakers
  • HP Pre 3 and Dell Venue Pro

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    Top slider phones from 2 unexpected companies.

    Dell Venue Pro and HP Pre 3

Friday, May 27, 2016

Review: X-Mini Click Bluetooth Speaker

I have a couple of Bluetooth speakers scattered around the house right now. One of them is a big sound bar from Creative and while it really really sounds great, that thing needs to be plugged into a socket and is super big to be even used anywhere beside the TV rack.

Well the good thing is that bluetooth speakers have been getting smaller and smaller and X-mini’s Click is one really great example of that. Watch the video below for a quick overview and sound sample.

X-Mini Slick Technical Specs

  • Dimension: 36.8mm x 43mm
  • Loudspeaker Output: 2W
  • Distortion≤1.0%
  • Battery Charge Time: Minimum of 2.5 hours
  • Net weight: 47.5g
  • Frequency Response: 180Hz - 16kHz
  • Battery Capacity: 300mAh
  • Available Colours: Black
  • Speaker: Magnetically Shielded 33mm (4Ω)
  • Signal-to-Noise: ≥90db
  • Battery Charging Voltage: 5V
  • Bluetooth Operating Frequency Range: 2.4GHz - 2.48GHz
  • Bluetooth Compliant: v2.1 + EDR
  • Bluetooth Playback Time: Up to 6 hours
  • Wireless Range: Up to 10 metres/33 feet
  • Bluetooth Profile Support: A2DP, AVRCP, HFP

The X-mini Click is a super portable speaker that weighs roughly the same (or just slightly more) as a single AA battery. The build of the unit is metal and very sturdy.

You get a USB charging cable, manual and fastening “lanyard” cord inside the box.

Here is the X-Mini Click besides the Mogics speaker (and a Lego minifigure) for size comparison.

Both are bluetooth mini speakers and both have similar size footprint although I like the build and the feel of the metal X-Mini Click over the plasticky Mogics, but to be fair, the Mogics is also waterproof so maybe metal wouldn't be a great idea anyway.

The speaker only has a singular button that acts as a power button and camera shutter button. To turn it on, just make a long press on the device. It will then automatically be able to function as a bluetooth connected keyboard as well so you can use the button as a remote shutter control for your smartphone.

The Click can also serve as a hands-free phone companion to act as a receiver and microphone for voice calls. The box doesn’t advertise it plainly but from my testing, it does that feature very well.

One thing that I would have liked is an integrated magnet at the bottom of the device similar to my mini bluetooth Mogics speaker. It really makes for a creative way of mounting the speaker to any metal surface (like a bike handlebar for example). This one simple thing really added value for this other brand

Another thing that maybe X-Mini could improve on the next version of the Click is a way to stream audio for devices without bluetooth. So for example, if you have an older iPod Nano or any mp3 player that doesn’t support bluetooth, they would include an 3.5mm Aux cable that routes through the micro USB slot similar to what I can do with the Mogics.

Beside every nitpicking and comparison I did with its closest competitor on my collection of bluetooth speakers, one thing that the X-Mini Click does best, and really puts the Mogics to shame is the quality and vibrance of it’s audio output. The X-Mini Click really outshines any other mini speakers that I have ever tried. Period.

Even with it diminutive size, it still manages to blast a richer sound that you’d think wouldn’t ne possible on such a small frame. It wouldn’t realistically compare to a bigger speaker obviously but for its size, this thing is a really solid performer.

If you’re in the market for a very portable and good quality speaker, X-Mini Click is really a solid buy. Now, If you are planning to use this outdoor, or bring into a group get together that would mean sharing this speaker to others, I think it would be best to consider a speaker that you could easily just plug into any device with or without bluetooth. Also remember that Click is not waterproof so be careful where you place it since it’s small and quite slippery due to the metal body.

X-Mini Click is being sold at a SRP of Php1,399.

X-mini is available at the following stores: Electroworld, Abensons, PowerMac, Egghead Audiohub, Robinson’s Galleria, Astroplus, Takatack, Lazada, iTrueMart Philippines, Storm Benefits, Reeco.com.ph, Beeper City, Odyssey, 8Telcom Davao City

For more information, you can visit www.facebook.com/xminiphilippines/ or check out their Instagram at www.instagram.com/xminiph/. Special thanks to X-Mini Philippines for sending the unit!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Pebble 2 and Time 2 Introduced + Pricing

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Pebble just revealed on Kickstarter what they have been teasing yesterday. They have just dropped the All-new Pebble 2 and Time 2 plus the tiny Pebble Core.

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The Pebble 2 and Time 2 now supports a built-in 24 hour heart rate monitor with activity and sleep tracking. Battery life on the Pebble 2 is still 7 days while the Time 2 is being bump to 10 days.

Pebble Core is a small device that connects via 3G and serves as a standalone device that can stream Spotify, track location, send out emergency SMS and syncs with other apps and even the Pebble 2 and Time 2. Battery life is up to 5.5 hours using music and GPS at that. It has built in 3G, Wifi and bluetooth connectivity.

The Pebble 2 is currently going to retail at $99 while the Time 2 will sell for $199. Both will be available later this year.

The Pebble core will sell for $99 on retail starting January 2017.

To save and get your spot early, you can now back Pebble on Kickstarter.

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Royu 5-Outlet Extension Cord with USB Port

I would just like to share a product I recently purchased at Ace Hardware when I was browsing around the shop. I got this Royu Extension cord with built in 2x USB port. It stood out since I was looking for an extension cord with individual switches and one that is not limited to 3 or 4 outlets. The last time I had an extension cord with a built in USB was the Akari one which didn’t last too long.

Tech specs for reference. Max current of 10A with 2500W of max power.

This is a 5-outlet extension cord which is perfect for my needs. It has universal slot with individual switches. The switches are fine but not better than my Meiji branded one. Build quality is very good and uses durable and high-quality plastic casing.

There are other included items too such as socket adapter, screws for mounting and a cable with micro usb and Apple’s lightning connector. Good bonuses I would say.

For the price of 770 pesos. I think this is a solid buy for me or for you, if ever you’re in the market for extension cords with built-in USB chargers.

ZUS Smart Car Charger

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ZUS is an awesome smart car charger than can help you charge and even locate your car. I'm excited to try this soon and will give a full review of it as soon as I receive mine. In the mean time, watch the product video reel and read the full press release below:

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Watch Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 Self Lacing Shoe In Action

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"Welcome the Nike HyperAdapt 1.0, the first performance vehicle for Nike’s latest platform breakthrough, adaptive lacing. The shoe translates deep research in digital, electrical and mechanical engineering into a product designed for movement. It challenges traditional understanding of fit, proposing an ultimate solution to individual idiosyncrasies in lacing and tension preference."

The Nike HyperAdapt 1.0 will be available ONLY to members of Nike+ beginning Holiday 2016 in three colors.

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Marty McFly Funko Pop Back to the Future 2

I wanted to own a hoverboard when I was a kid. I really wanted a skateboard that floats but alas, all we got last year and probably this year are those motorized, self-balancing electric scooters that explodes. We may also see hoverboard-maker Mattel merge with Hasbro this year.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Lumia 650 officially unveiled by Microsoft

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This is probably and rumored to be Microsoft’s last Lumia handset (with the Surface phone allegedly in the works) and it seems to look good on the outside but is the specs enough to keep the Windows-phone faithful around until the Surface phone?

Lumia 650 Specs

  • Display: 5” 1280 x 720 AMOLED 297ppi
  • Camera: 8.0MP (front) 5 MP (rear)
  • OS: Windows 10 Mobile
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon 212
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 16GB expandable to 200GB via MicroSD slot
  • Battery: 2000 mAh replaceable
  • Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor
  • Price: $199

https://www.microsoft.com/en/mobile/phone/lumia650/

 

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