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2022 GadgetMatch Approved Devices

Gadgets that truly deserve the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval

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We wouldn’t call ourselves “GadgetMatch” without tackling about other gadgets, right?

Aside from smartphones, our members also gave other devices the GadgetMatch Seal of Approval — whether that’s a smartwatch, smart vacuum cleaner, laptop, wireless earbuds. Heck, there’s even an air purifier!

Just like the other GadgetMatch Approved list, this is in descending order from most recently published.

Samsung Galaxy Watch5

“The Galaxy Watch5 proves to be the best Android smartwatch yet. It has a better battery life that accompanies athletes, and even fitness enthusiasts, in their quest to improve their bodies and performance. Add to that is holistic health and fitness features that sync exceptionally within the Samsung ecosystem.” — MJ

READ MORE: Samsung Galaxy Watch5 review: Best Android smartwatch yet?

Infinix Zero Book Ultra

“While the notebook’s MacBook-inspired design can hint at an Apple copycat, the Zero Book Ultra offers more than just a wannabee. It offers exactly what it promises on paper: a powerful slate of hardware capable of almost everything, even some decent gaming.” — Luigi

READ MORE: Infinix Zero Book Ultra review: A beast in familiar clothing

Apple 2022 iPad 10th Gen

“I used to say the iPad Air was the iPad for most people, but now the new iPad is making me rethink that — especially since there is a $150 gap between the two. With its new design, and colorful options, plus all the new features, I really think this will be Apple’s most popular iPad yet. And if you’re in the market for one but don’t want to break the bank, I highly recommend this is the one you get.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: 2022 iPad Unboxing (Yellow) and Review: MAJOR Update!

Razer Basilisk V3 Pro

“Razer Basilisk v3 Pro is a solid gaming mouse fit for the competitive and casual gamer alike. It’s responsive and customizable enough to bring you the best experience possible when playing some of your favorite titles. Plus, it comes with all sets of hardware that make productive work feel like a breeze, literally.”

READ MORE: Razer Basilisk v3 Pro review: Hyper Speed, hyper responsive

Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen

“If you travel a lot or like to listen to music or podcasts on your long commute and like drowning out the real world, get the AirPods Pro.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple AirPods Pro 2nd Gen Review: Worth the upgrade?

Apple Watch Ultra

The Apple Watch Ultra combines the features of both watches in a much more affordable package. It might be version one of a new kind of device, nut I don’t think there’s anything close to it in the market today.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple Watch Ultra Unboxing and Review: Into The Unknown

realme Buds Q2s

“At PhP 1,490 (US$ 26 / S$ 36), you are getting a powerful and impressive package here that will definitely suit all of your needs from its standout audio quality, portability, and comfort.”

READ MORE: realme Buds Q2s review: An audio standout

Dreame H12 Wet & Dry Vacuum

“Accomplishing a few chores might give your mood a boost. So if you dream of spending less time cleaning, you can cut yourself some slack now. With the Dreame H12 Wet and Dry vacuum, you should not worry about sweeping and scrubbing messy floors in the little time you have.” — Noela

READ MORE: This cordless wet/dry vacuum might be what every busy bee needs

GameSir X3

GameSir X3

“GameSir went above and beyond in delivering a gamepad for mobile gamers that are desperate for physical buttons. With the GameSir X3, you get a complete package, and then some.” — Rodneil

READ MORE: GameSir X3: A cooler way to play on smartphones

Apple M2 MacBook Air

I would gladly use the new MacBook Air not just for its size and portability, but also because of its raw power. You saw the tests. It is no slouch of a machine. I don’t think I’ve seen a laptop that is this much a bang for your buck.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: M2 MacBook Air Review: 2022’s Most Anticipated Laptop 

Apple Studio Display

“As an Apple user, who has long wanted the perfect monitor for my Apple setup but who couldn’t afford the Pro Display XDR, this was a no brainer for me. I love that the design ID of the Studio Display matches the rest of my Apple devices and the fact that it has a Center Stage camera built-in. It’s also got the best speakers on any Apple device to date. Which means it doubles as an excellent display for watching movies too.” — Michael Josh

WATCH HERE: Apple Studio Display Review: Worth the Splurge

ROG Zephyrus G15

Zephyrus G15

“The Zephyrus G15 (2022) brings with it a distinct look, top-notch gaming performance, and a really solid audio-visual experience. As a gaming laptop, this is about as perfect as it gets and is something I can easily recommend especially if you’re willing to splurge for it.” — Rodneil

READ MORE: ROG Zephyrus G15: Lean, mean, gaming machine

realme Buds Air 3

“The real stand out feature that this can truly brag about is its excellent active noise cancellation. It’s just perfect for those who really need to focus on a task at hand. Right now, I couldn’t think of a device that competes at this level with this price point.” — Apple

READ MORE: realme Buds Air 3 review: Noise off, rock on

Meross Smart WiFi Air Purifiers

“It’s one of the more affordable options in the market, and the cheapest one that supports HomeKit. This, combined with a vacuum and some house plants that help clean and purify the air in my apartment are a must.” — Chay

READ MORE: Meross Smart Wi-Fi Air Purifier review: 6 months later

Lenovo Legion Slim 7

“For what it’s worth, the Lenovo Legion Slim 7 is an ideal gaming device for both casual and competitive gamers. It’s slim form factor combined with powerful hardware provides the power and portability that the Legion brand consistently delivers. With a high refresh rate display and RTX-capable GPU, it even provides a solid boost to gaming performance.”

READ MORE: Lenovo Legion Slim 7 review: Is it too slim for your liking?


SEE ALSO: 2022 GadgetMatch Approved Smartphones

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TWICE x CASETiFY collection officially dropping on Feb 9

‘Full of love to ONCE’

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TWICE really knows how to make ONCEs (they’re fandom) feel special. The global superstar K-Pop group is teaming up with tech lifestyle brand CASETiFY for a special collection. The waitlist for their first ever collaboration has begun. The official release is set on February 9, 2023.

TWICE x CASETiFY

The collection was made to celebrate TWICE entering their 8th year. There’s a huge focus on ONCE as well as artworks inspired by the world of TWICE.

The TWICE-ful Love Grippy Case is the highlight of the collection. It’s decorated with a cushion designed with the TWICE Logo. It’s the first 3D phone case from CASETiFY with this kind of design. The case, however, is only available for the iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max.

But cheer up since the collection does include many other designs made for different smartphone models and gadgets. The lineup is filled with TWICE’s history and ONCE’s memories.

There’s a sticker case highlighting the tracks from the past seven years, a signature case with the members’ signatures, a Heart case with the members’ names, and lastly, an artwork featuring one of their top songs, “What is Love?”

For Apple-loving TWICE fans, there are also AirPod cases, Apple Watch bands, MacBook Sleeves, and a bead strap with the original heart color stones of all the members. There’s also a phone strap with TWICE logo metal charm.

Win a phone case signed by your TWICE bias

 

Whichever member is your favorite: Nayeon, Jeongyeon, Momo, Sana, Jihyo, Mina, Dahyun, Chaeyoung, or Tzuyu, you’ll have a chance to win a case autographed by one of the members. CASETiFY STUDIO Shibuya Parco in Japan will have special wall displays with autographed cases and artwork from the collection. More details on the campaign coming soon.

The TWICE x CASETiFY collection launches worldwide on casetify.com/co-lab, available for purchase online, in the CASETiFY Co-Lab app (available now in the App Store), and at CASETiFY Studio locations.

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2023 Minimal Desk Setup

With Logitech’s newest keyboard and mouse

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Last week, Apple launched the new Mac mini, a BYODKM device — bring your own display keyboard and mouse.

Paired with Apple’s Studio Display, this is the perfect time to pair it with a keyboard and mouse from Logitech!

But how will Michael Josh’s revamp his 2023 desk setup?

Watch our special Logitech desk setup and styling video now to know more!

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Google is working on an AirTag competitor

Codenamed “grogu”

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Since its launch, the AirTag has created a whirlwind of controversy because of how the tracking device was used (or misused). Today, the general consensus is that the AirTag offers more benefits than potential drawbacks. Everyone now wants in. Google, according to a recent finding, is reportedly working on its own AirTag competitor.

Via Kuba Wojciechowski and Mishaal Rahman on Twitter, Google is developing quite a bit in the tracking device segment. The developers are currently expanding the lineup of Fast Pair to include support for more locator tags like the AirTag. However, besides support for other devices, the development also includes references to a first-party tracking device.

The device, “grogu” as it’s currently called, is under development by the Nest team. It will include on-board speakers and Bluetooth LE support.

Google has not hinted at any developments to confirm any upcoming tracking device. With the currently available information, it’s impossible to check what the final product will be called or what features it will come with.

A Google-based tracking device will still be a godsend for users, though. Currently, only Tile offers an alternative to the Apple-based AirTag. Besides allowing users to keep track of their misplaced devices, a tracking device is now an essential must-have for travelers to make sure airlines don’t accidentally misplace pieces of luggage.

SEE ALSO: Android is working on a built-in detector for AirTags

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