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5 seriously expensive gadgets you can’t afford

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The technology that makes our everyday life better comes at a price — and sometimes it can be steep.

At a time when it’s perfectly justified to spend hundreds of dollars just for a phone, when is pricey too pricey?

I’ve rounded up some ridiculously expensive technology to see just how they fare vis-a-vis the price of an iPhone 7 — because really, that’s the only way we put those sky-rocketing prices in perspective. My top picks go to…

Vertu Constellation

At a whopping $8,140, you could get a dozen iPhones instead! That’s one for each member of your family plus extras for your best friend and their family! Vertu has been known to manufacture “luxury smartphones” (as if having a plain smartphone isn’t luxury enough) and it seems they’ve outdone themselves with this leather covered handset. The smartphone sports a 5.5-inch display, dual-SIM slots, and a (genuine) ruby button (because why the heck not). A 24-hour concierge service also comes with the phone because, well, the price tag justifies a person’s actual salary. 

Register your interest to get this phone here

Acer Predator 21 X

For just one more iPhone, you can afford this all-powerful gaming laptop! $9,000 isn’t a game, but for a 21-inch curved display (the first of its kind), two GeForce GTX 1080 video cards, NVIDIA’s G-Sync technology, and its own cooling system, this 8.8kg beauty may just be worth its weight in gold. 

Buy it here, if you can afford it

Panono Camera 

This cool $1,996 camera is designed to be thrown around. Equipped with a total of 36 cameras capable of 108-megapixel photos and 16GB storage capacity, the cute contraption promises a different photo perspective with quality that should rival most 360-degree cameras in the market. For what it’s worth — and that’s three iPhones to be precise — it seems like a novel idea; I just don’t know if it’s worth the hefty price tag.

Buy it here and literally throw money around

Meneghini La Cambusa Refrigerator

Sure, buying a fridge worth 63 iPhones seems like it’s justified because it’s a fridge after all, yes? Not really. Fridge prices range from less than $1,000 to $2,000 depending on the model, but the La Cambusa just takes it out of the ballpark completely. With a starting price of $26,000, the fully customizable fridge can amount to a whopping $41,500 depending on what you add on. True that a beautiful icebox fully equipped with a flat screen and a top-of-the-line coffee maker with brass handles that match your walls sounds like a good idea, but at that rate, you probably won’t have money left over to afford that house you want to put it in.

Check out their website (if your dare) here

Sony Bravia 4K 100-inch TV 

The true star of this list is this amazing 100-inch machine. Priced at a whopping $60,000, this TV alone can probably buy you everything on this list and more. It’s not just the size that justifies the tag, as this top-shelf TV is allegedly designed for optimal viewing because it’s a “4K HDR Android TV, featuring a 4K HDR Processor X1 Extreme and LED Backlight Master Drive” — whatever that all means.

Just how many iPhones can you buy with this fortune that can probably end hunger in a small country? 92 iPhones — that’s one for every single relative I have since my great great great grandfather. 

Do we even need to bother with a “Buy Here” button for this?

Note: An iPhone 7 is priced at $650 and even that is something I find expensive.

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Select ASUS laptops come with free Instax cameras

Get a free Instax Mini 9, SQ6 or Mini LiPlay

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Christmas season is the time for creating memories. What better way to capture these memories than with an instant camera?

Instax partnered with ASUS this Christmas to give away free Instax cameras for every purchase of select ASUS laptops. Buyers also get to enjoy bundled freebies along with their free cameras. 

Bundled Instax cameras are the Instax Mini 9 worth PhP 3,999; Square SQ6 worth PhP 7,999; and Mini LiPlay worth PhP 9,999. The Instax Mini 9 is one of the best-selling products in the lineup, while the Instax Square SQ6 is the first analog camera that uses a square film format. Meanwhile, the Instax LiPlay is can convert recorded sounds into a QR code for sharing. They are available with these ASUS laptops:

Zenbook laptops

  • Duo / Pro Duo — Instax Mini LiPlay + ASUS 30th premium freebies + Nereus bag
  • Pro 14/15 — Instax Mini LiPlay + Nereus bag
  • S — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • Flip 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve
  • 13 / 14 / 15 — Instax Square SQ6 + laptop sleeve

VivoBook laptops

  • S13/ S14/ S15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • Flip 14 / 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag
  • 14 / 15 — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

Others

  • X series (Intel Core models) — Instax Mini 9 + Nereus bag

To claim the Instax camera and the freebies, buyers must log on to ASUS’ promo redemption site and provide the necessary information. After confirmation, they must pick the freebies at ASUS Philippines headquarters.

Promo runs from November 18 to December 31. It is applicable to all participating ASUS concept stores nationwide and via the official ASUS Philippines digital store. For more information, visit their website or their Facebook page.

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EZVIZ S2 Action Camera: A road trip companion

Dashcam and action camera in one!

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Nowadays, it’s hard to choose an action camera to accompany you on your adventures. Everyone’s top-of-mind is the popular GoPro Hero series and DJI’s new Osmo Action. However, I find these two cameras too much, both for me and my wallet.

On top of it, I’m not a professional adventurer nor a sports enthusiast who would need a high-end action camera. All I need is something I can take with me on my water activities to capture moments occasionally while I’m living in the moment. In search of an affordable action camera that would fit anyone’s budget, I found the EZVIZ S2 2-in-1 Action Camera, which also doubles as a dash camera.

Lightweight and small, this camera is easy to bring wherever you go.

It has a 2-inch IPS LCD touchscreen panel.

You can find an uncovered mini HDMI and micro USB port.

On the other side is the power and settings button which lets you navigate the camera and access different modes.

Found on top are its speaker grilles and shutter button…

… while the bottom sports the battery, micro sd slot, and a hole for the mounts.

While driving to the Bicol region in the Philippines, my friends and I used this camera momentarily to test its capabilities. Thankfully, this camera comes with mounts and accessories like a waterproof case in its box. However, it’s difficult to navigate it as a dash camera since you need to place it inside the case before you can mount it on your windscreen.

Furthermore, the case’s buttons need to be pressed hard. It felt like a marketing ploy since this camera could be better if sold as just an action camera.

But if you look at it on a different perspective, a 2-in-1 camera like this would be nice to have on road trips. Imagine finding a serene spot in the middle of nowhere, and you grab your dash camera. Instantly, you have an action camera to immortalize your precious moments.

Capture your adventures

Then again, if its capability as an action camera we’re talking about, the EZVIZ S2 is enough. Sure, we always want the best of the best. However, in some cases, we don’t really need an expensive camera.

For instance, most people don’t care about the camera you’ve used to take a photo. No matter how wonderful it is, they’ll care about the place, the way you took your photo or the story behind the moment you’ve captured.

This is the reason why it’s perfectly okay to use a cheaper action camera like the EZVIZ S2, in case you have doubts. The samples I took has good color reproduction, average white balance processing, and noticeable grains. Due to my incredibly high standards, I find it difficult to like the camera’s outputs — but my friends did. As I asked around, I find that most people have no qualms about the image quality.

The photo mode has three shooting options for you to choose from — Single shot, Burst, and Timelapse. The mode also gives you the option to shoot in different sizes: 2MP, 4MP, and 8MP. There’s a professional mode, too, in case you want to experiment with your shots. You can customize the white balance, adjust the ISO and exposure value, and even apply filters.

Better for videos

The EZVIZ S2 focuses on video recording. It has a dashcam mode with an emergency recording feature, which prevents the footage from being deleted. This is useful as a piece of evidence, especially during crucial and unforeseen accidents.

There’s also a video mode where you can record at 1080p in 50 fps. The camera can handle three different shooting modes such as video, video+photo, and timelapse. If 1080p is too much, there’s a 720p recording, too, which can cap off at 120fps for slo-mo recording. Additionally, there’s a pro mode for you to adjust your settings the way you like it.

Here are some stills that were taken from the video clips I shot. As long as there’s sufficient light, you can capture photos and videos without any worries.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

The EZVIZ S2 2-in-1 Action Camera is perfect as a travel companion, especially for those who love taking road trips. You get an action camera and a dashcam in one for only PhP 4,299 (US$ 84), complete with mounts and accessories. You can choose between black, orange, yellow, and blue for the unit. For this price range, it’s a sweet deal. This is being distributed by VST-ECS Philippines.

This camera is also helpful for starters pursuing underwater and adventure photography; a stepping stone before they upgrade to more professional gear.

Moreover, the EZVIZ S2 is helpful when documenting your adventures every now and then. During my stint with this device, I realized that sometimes, we don’t really need the best. All we need is something that’s enough to capture precious moments while we live our lives to the fullest.

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The instax Mini 9 comes with a retro craft bundle for the holiday season

For all your scrapbooking dreams

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The holiday season is here!

If you’re still struggling in coming up with a gift idea, Team Instax might have just curated one for you. Fujifilm partnered with Craft Easy to create the instax Mini 9 Craft Kit.

The craft kit comes with a unique, retro tin box that comes in five colors — each with an accompanying message and particular design. Inside you get a Mini 9 camera, a pack of film, as well as crafting materials including wooden clips, washi tapes, and a set of fun stickers. This special bundle could be a great gift for only PhP 4,499 (US$ 89).

instax Mini 9

The instax Mini 9 is an instant camera that lets you take better selfies that you can print thanks to the built-in selfie mirror placed next to its lens. There’s also a close-up lens attachment if you want to photograph your subjects closer. Lighting can easily be adjusted, too, with its brightness adjustment dial. To operate the camera, you only need two AA size alkaline batteries. Happiness is just one click away!

The Mini 9 is available in Flamingo Pink, Ice Blue, Lime Green, Cobalt Blue, and Smoky White. The camera retails for PhP 3,999. It’s available at Fujifilm authorized dealers nationwide.

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