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adidas DRose 10 Lightsaber review: For your hyperdrives

Light and easy to move in

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The sequel trilogy of Star Wars is coming to a close with Star Wars Episode VII: The Rise of Skywalker. With it came a wave of collaborations with various brands — one of which is adidas. Here we’ll take a closer look at the adidas DRose 10 Lightsaber.

While it’s the Ultraboost kicks that got more buzz, adidas also released the Lightsaber set which featured various models all made for hitting the hard court. The DRose 10 is the signature shoe of former NBA MVP Derrick Rose. There’s plenty here that pays homage to not only Star Wars but also the player its for.

Before we go on any further, I’d like to point out how reviewing a sneaker isn’t something I regularly do. But you gotta start somewhere, right?

Designed from a galaxy far, far away

The best thing about sneaker collaboration is the level of detail that goes into the look of the shoes.

The first obvious sign of the collab is on the shoelace area

Moving up a little bit towards the tongue of the shoe, you’ll see DRose’s logo.

Over at the back of the shoe, you get this Aurebesh symbols. In Star Wars lore, Aurebesh is the writing system for Galactic Basic which is the most common language used in the galaxy. This particular text says “Rose.”

On the outer side of the shoe just above the outsole are numbers significant to Derrick Rose. He was born on 1988, won the Rookie of the Year award in the ’08-09 season and then was named the NBA’s youngest MVP ever when he got the award in the ’10-11 season.

Another detail added to this model is the DRose’s signature on the TPU heel counter. As far as  I know, this detail is only seen here and on the Bred colorway.

Even the padding around the heel tab has plenty of nods to Star Wars.

And when you look at the insole you’ll see both the logos of adidas and Star Wars.

Here’s a good look at the shoe overall. This particular model uses a textile upper. The other DRose 10 models use what adidas calls an “engineered leather upper.” Personally, I prefer textile over leather, but part of me wishes they went with a knit upper.

Hit or miss traction

The DRose 10 uses a herringbone and radial pattern for traction. And it’s… pretty inconsistent.

I first tested it on a hardwood indoor court. I had no problems coming to a full stop from a quick sprint, but moving side to side and pivoting had some issues. When you try to do hard direction shifts, it doesn’t have the bite to keep your foot in place and there might be a slight tendency to slip.

For context, I’m coming from the DRose 7 (in case it isn’t obvious yet, I am a DRose fan) which had one hell of a bite on its traction. Didn’t matter where I was playing, that thing gripped the floor when it needed to. No fear of slipping whatsoever.

The DRose 7 grips the floor like crazy

I did take the DRose 10 outdoors. There, the traction performed admirably. The grip felt closer to the Dame 5 Goose versus the DRose 7.

It did well enough to support sudden direction shifts, so if you’re the type who has killer handles, you’ll have no problems crossing someone over with these on.

Balanced court feel and support

For its cushion, the DRose 10 is using Bounce.

For the most part, it does what you expect from Bounce cushioning. This model in particular gives you more court feel compared to the Bounce equipped on the Dame 5.

I’m not much of jumper. In fact, I have little to lift, but for the purposes of this review, I did try jumping a lot on these shoes. Other than feeling the effects of months of weight gain, the cushioning did enough to absorb the energy from my 5-inch vertical.

If your play style is that of a slashing guard or wing, I think there’s plenty you’ll like about this shoe. I especially loved how it felt lighter than the DRose 7 and definitely encourages plenty of movement around the court.

As far as fit goes, it’s always best to try the shoe on at the store. I’m a wide-footer and got it true-to-size. This material didn’t need breaking in at all. I slipped right in and I felt comfortable right away.

Is the DRose 10 Lightsaber your Sneaker match?

If I were to describe it as a shot in basketball, it would be a midrange shot — which is something that analytics buffs frown upon nowadays.

I’ll save you the trouble. This shot didn’t go in. 😂

This isn’t the best basketball shoes at this price range (US$ 140 / PhP 6,500). If you’re hellbent on getting a Star Wars pair for basketball at the same price, you might be better off with the Dame 5 Lightsaber version. They perform pretty much the same but the Dame 5 has a significantly better and more consistent traction.

However, I’m more of a DRose fan so there’s that. Of his two Bounce-equipped sneakers, this one is clearly the better choice. But from the Star Wars collection, the Dame 5 or the Harden Vol. 4 might be the better choice performance-wise.

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Apple Watch Series 6 Review

Is it worth every penny?

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The Apple Watch Series 6 offers more than just being a “luxurious timepiece”. Over the years, they’ve pioneered in what a true smartwatch can offer. From the ability to track your runs, cycles, and swims, as far as reading heart rate and even ECG. This year, the Watch Series 6 has a new SpO2 sensor that can read blood oxygen levels within the reach of your wrists.

But does all of that make up for a fancy price tag? Why is the Apple Watch a worthy investment for your health?

You can head on to our Apple Watch Series 6 review by clicking the link here.

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Huawei Mate 40 Pro Unboxing and Review: Last of its Kind

Hopefully not

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Every year, Huawei’s Mate series dominate the smartphone world with hosts of new features.

This October, the Huawei Mate 40 Pro finally made its way out of the limousine. As usual, it’s packed with the latest and greatest internals minus the full Android experience. Albeit, you still get support for AppGallery and other existing Huawei services.

With all that mind, is it still worthy to invest your money just to buy this smartphone?

You can watch our Huawei Mate 40 Pro review by clicking this link.

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Infinix Note 7: Best underrated budget phone?

Does size matter?

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The underrated brand, Infinix, is coming in with a perfect phone for when you’re strapped for cash. Infinix has consistently released great phones that deliver every bang for your buck and their recent release is no exception. What’s the latest addition to their great line-up? The Infinix Note 7

Show us what its got

The Infinix Note 7 is a dual-sim budget smartphone with a 6.95-inch HD+ and Corning Gorilla Glass display. It’s decked out in three different colors: Forest Green, Aether Black, and Bolivia Blue. Despite being encased in plastic, the Infinix Note 7 looks and feels premium. Just be more forgiving when the phone looks heavily smeared with your fingerprints — most phones tend to do so.

The phone features and specifications aren’t necessarily what people would view as technologically new or revolutionary. But, with phones on the same price range, this one delivers on all fronts of functionality, affordability, and durability. The phone has loud dual speakers, a great battery life, and reliable performance that makes it a stand-out in with its price tag.

Bang for your buck

The Infinix Note 7 is powered by a Helio G70 Processor paired with 6GB RAM and 128GB storage. If you’re worried about storage, the phone has a dedicated microSD card slot. But, note that the phone has more than enough space to run apps on the Google Play Store without much of a hitch.

The Infinix Note 7 doesn’t falter on features when tested. The phone didn’t stutter or struggle when putting it through the stress test of scrolling, unlocking, and opening and closing multiple apps. On top of that, the Infinix Note7 has a 5000mAh battery that makes your daily grind of work and play look easy.

For gaming, the phone didn’t seem at all bothered with Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Genshin Impact, and Among Us. And, with the amount of storage the phone had, I’d downloaded all the games I wanted with reckless abandon. The phone held up to its dependable battery life too, despite a full day of work and play.

Does size really matter?

The Infinix Note 7 is big for a phone. Facts. If anything, it’s a love child of a phone and a tablet. With its 6.95-inch HD+ display and dual speakers, the phone makes watching Netflix or playing games an overall immersive experience. Despite Infinix sticking to HD+ on a bigger display, it doesn’t really impose on all the great features the phone has.

Remember: the Infinix Note 7 has a good price tag of PhP 7,990. If you’re asking it to feature 2k or 4k resolution, that good price tag isn’t even remotely ideal on top of the other features the phone comes with.

Is the cake a lie?

No, just misunderstood. Hear me out here: The Infinix Note 7 features a quad-camera set-up with a 48MP primary shooter, a 2MP macro lens, 2MP depth lens, and a 2MP dedicated video camera. On the front, the phone has a 16MP selfie camera. These specs can sometimes come misunderstood since Infinix does say the phone features a quad rear camera set-up. The phone technically features three with the fourth as its dedicated video recording camera.

Sunset view

Boop the snoot

The Inifinix Note 7 performed really well even with little lighting. I tried to photograph a dim sunset and most phones would often scrap some details in photos to compensate with the lack of lighting. That wasn’t the case for this phone. With a phone at its price point, it greatly outperforms phones in the same category quite easily. The phone delivers on detailed selfies with it 16MP in-display front camera and doesn’t struggle to focus using either rear or front cameras.

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The phone doesn’t seem at all bothered with taking detailed photos. Sometimes the contrast can be a bit much but again, seeing a budget phone like the Infinix Note 7 perform well under tough circumstances that can just be from being nit-picky.

Is this your BudgetMatch?

If you need a phone to get you good shots and get you through a long day of non-stop work and play while delivering good photos overall, this is the phone for you. There’s nothing to complain about with this phone besides Infinix being utterly underrated for the quality of phones they put out. The Infinix Note 7 is a great phone for your daily grind if you’re looking for a phone that delivers on functionality, efficiency, and durability. It even delivers on good quality shots!

The Infinix Note 7 costs PhP 7,990 (US$ 165).

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