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  • HP Pre 3 and Dell Venue Pro


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Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Now Available: DJI Spark


We’re now accepting orders for DJI’s newest and smallest drone yet – The DJI Spark is now available in the Philippines 

Intelligent flight modes; built-in camera captures 1920x1080 videos and 3968x2976 photos; 1080p Full HD camera; operating range up to 328 feet away; multidirectional controls

For inquiries, kindly send us a message thru facebook: facebook.com/techoloph or email us at techoloph@gmail.com. Thanks!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Galaxy Note 4 Lags, Reboots Temporary Fix

If you’ve been having problems with your Galaxy Note 4 lately – lagging, freezing and randomly rebooting, this could be probably be due to a bad update by Samsung.

Error on boot up like: “could not do normal boot, mmc_read failed” showing the black screen Android character could be frustrating and the constant reboot just forced me to get an S8+ instead.

So for a temporary fix, that will completely allow you to normally use your phone again, try downloading Wake Lock Power Manager from the Google Play Store. Run the PARTIAL_WAKE_LOCK mode.

I have done this and the phone again is responsive, and doesn’t restart randomly anymore. Try to read the Reviews of the app and see for your self. Let us just hope Samsung releases a permanent fix for our Note 4. Goodluck!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Where to buy cheap USB Type-C Cable

I just bought a couple of nice, quality-looking USB Type-C Cables at Miniso in SM North Edsa Annex. They are selling 1.0meter cable, with 2.1A for 99 pesos.

Miniso is like the 88-peso store Daiso but markets itself as some sort of designer Japanese store – like selling carefully curated items, more on minimalist style like Muji but cheaper.

I have read a couple of not-so-good reviews online about cheap china-made Type-C cables, some even from Daiso and Miniso but I just decided to buy one to test it out. So far everything works perfectly. Syncing and charging are normal. Up to you to believe the “Safe and Secure” line on the box. But keep in mind, you get what you pay for – just be extra careful with these cheap cables and they’ll last long.

So if ever you’re in the hunt for cheap Type-C cables for your Android devices, try checking out Miniso. They have white, mint green, purple, and pink color options.


Wednesday, June 07, 2017

Dell’s Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One looks nice


I like AIO’s, specially from Dell, so when they revealed this new All-in-One in Computex Taiwan last month, I was all-eyes and ears. The new VR-ready Inspiron 27 7000 All-in-One looks great on the outside and by the initial spec sheet, it also looks good on the inside.

The machine has borderless InfinityEdge, 27” display, with resolutions up to 4K UHD, and performance grade audio speakers. It also offers the latest multi-core Ryzen AMD processors and AMD Polaris RX500 Series graphics, so it’s perfect for content creation like graphics and video editing. There is also a USB Type-C 3.1 and Dual Drive options with SSD storage.

It will retail for $999.99 at the base config or around 55,000 pesos on our side of the world (if ever it do reaches our side)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Review: Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro Headphones

I’m not much of an audiophile so this is the first time I’ve ever heard of the brand Beyerdynamic. I don’t have any background information of the company before but apparently they have been in business since 1924 in Berlin, Germany. That’s a long time ago!

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I was sent this Custom One Pro headphones to try out so here are some of my impressions as a regular Joe, who knows a thing or two on audio and sound quality.

The Custom One Pro is called that way since it allows the user to customize their headphones through different faceplates, own detachable cables, headband pads and ear cups as well as the Custom Sound Slider with variable bass reflex system.

Technical Specifications:

  • Transducer type: dynamic
  • Operating principle: closed
  • Nominal frequency response: 5- 35,000 Hz
  • Nominal impedance: 16
  • Nominal SPL: 96 dB
  • Max. SPL: 116 dB
  • T.H.D: <0.2%
  • Power handling capacity: 100 mW
  • Ambient noise attenuation: approx. 18 dBA
  • Sound coupling to the ear: circumaural
  • Nominal headband pressure: approx. 3.5 N
  • Weight (without cable): 290 g
  • Length and type of cable: 1.5 m, Material PVC
  • Connection: gold plated stereo jack plug (3.5 mm) and 1/4 adapter (6.35 mm)

Out of the box, you can instantly see and feel the quality build of the Custom One Pro. The ear cans is made of metal as well as the flexible arms. There are some plastic components all around but overall, it has that German premium look and feel that you probably won’t get in the usual run-of-the-mill generic China-made headphones.

What I find good about the Custom One Pro is the ability to replace most parts of the headphones itself. From the cup plates, to the cup foams and even the headband pads itself.

So if down the road, wear and tear happens, you just need to buy that specific part and you’ll have a brand new set again. I’m not sure where they’re selling these locally but checking out online, I spotted a few on Amazon.com for the ear pads and the headband – but it’s quite pricey I should say. You do get a choice of black, brown and white color options.

These are the cup plates included in the box. You could probably print out your own on a hard photo paper and use that (try printing out a Beats logo for fun). The free ones are not bad at all but most are just some patterns and some Beyerdynamic branded-ones.

Installation is just simple, just use the included Allen driver in the box to unscrew the faceplate (the original is made of metal, the free ones are just hard cardboard)

One highlight of this headphones is the variable bass reflex system. It’s just basically 4 notches with holes that you could toggle to adjust the bass response to your preference. The first stop has minimal bass  while the bottom stop (showing all holes) allows for a more bassier sound.

There are 2 cables included, one 1.8” for the usual mp3 players, computers, and mobile phones – that one comes with microphone and remote to pick up calls and control media playback. The other cable is 1/4” for plugging it on mixers, and is for a more professional setup. Both are interchangeable depending on your use case.

In conclusion, I really like the sound of the Beyerdyamic Custom One Pro. Audio was clear and sharp. Noise cancellation was also great albeit the headphone cups does seem to lack ventilation so I had to remove it after a few hours of using just so my ears could ‘breathe’

While there is that option for the bass reflex system, I still find the bass sometimes lacking on audio files I tested. I’m not sure why but you may need to test this out in-store before buying to be sure it fits your taste. The toggle does add bass but not that much for me but  I do have Dell Maxx Audio Pro installed on my machine (by default) so I can still fine-tune it.

But despite this, If you have the money to shell out for professional headphones such as these, I would still recommend the Custom One Pro.

The Custom One Pro retails for Php9,900 and is available at A.Refinery branches across the country

  • A.Refinery UPTC, 2nd floor, Phase 1B, UP Town Center, Katipunan
  • A.Refinery Cebu, Level 3, Ayala Center Cebu, Cebu
  • A.Refinery Davao, Level 2, Ayala Abreeza Mall, JP Laurel Ave, Davao City

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Surface Laptop Leaked, Runs Windows 10 S?


The Surface Laptop that Microsoft is presumably going to announce later at their hardware event has just leaked.

This is Microsoft’s take on the Google Chromebooks for the education market. It looks really nice and sleek. Hopefully Windows 10 S is slimmer and lighter as they would want it to be.


The Surface Laptop is said to weigh at 2.76lbs and is 14.47mm thick at the back and 9.9mm at the front. The assortment of available colors also adds some personality to the hardware but I still prefer the Magnesium platinum/silver one.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Acer Leap Ware Watch looks like the Pebble Time Round


Acer just introduced the Leap Ware smart fitness watch today at its Next@Acer Presscon in NY. The watch is surprisingly not Android Wear but Acer's own software powered by MediaTek's MT2523 and MT2511 chip.

The Leap Ware smartwatch has diverse fitness tracking features thanks to an array of sensors with advanced algorithms. It can monitor heart rate, stamina, stress/fatigue levels, and exposure to ultraviolet rays. It also boasts three to five days of battery life.

The Acer Leap Ware will be available in North America in July with prices starting at $139; in EMEA in Q3 with prices starting at €139; and in Taiwan in August with prices starting at NT$4,990.


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