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ASUS ROG has a new accessories collection for 2018

Gamer-oriented bags and shirts

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For the new year, having the sleekest, high-powered gaming rig isn’t enough anymore. You have to pair it with accessories that’ll match the ideal gamer look and protect your investments.

The Republic of Gamers brand of ASUS has a new lifestyle collection for 2018, and it’s as bold as you’d expect from the iconic ROG aesthetic.

ROG Ranger Messenger

This is the gamer-centric bag you want when you’re always on the go with your gaming laptop. The 1260D Gucci polyester is both water- and scratch-resistant, able to keep your gear safe from outside harm no matter where you end up.

The ergonomic sling is designed to be comfy, and there are additional side straps available for when different carrying scenarios such as while biking or walking. Open it up, and you have a wide selection of padded compartments to choose from.

ROG Shuttle Backpack II

If you want something longer, tougher, and comfy on your back, the ROG Shuttle Backpack II is your best bet. It has a stronger construction that repels water and keeps your belongings well secured.

That’s made possible with the extra padded interior so you’ll never have to worry about it tipping over and damaging your precious laptop. Speaking of which, a notebook as large as 17 inches can fit inside — no machine or accessory is too big for this backpack!

There’s even a secure pocket on the lower-back cushion, dedicated to the safety of your most valuable possessions.

ROG XRanger Backpack

Need an even bigger backpack with all the space in the world? The ROG XRanger Backpack can fit the most demanding gadgets and then some.

A heavily padded compartment is good for a laptop as large as 17 inches, and there’s enough space for an additional keyboard you’d want to take along. Go deeper inside, and you’ll find pockets to place your headset, mouse, and other accessories.

The outer shell is solid too, thanks to sturdy yet nicely cushioned shoulder straps and ventilated back panels. If you look closely, you’ll find a hidden security pocket for a wallet, smartphone, or any other valuable you need quick access to.

ROG Collection Shirts

Available in sizes XS to XL, the Game On and Mechanic shirts of the ROG collection show off the brand’s stylish gamer style while being comfortable at the same time with their 100 percent cotton material. These are the clothing apparel you need to complete your look!

You can find all these at ROG Concept Stores in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, and SM City Cebu.

Need more convincing? Watch this ROG collection in action right here:


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS.

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Apple is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020

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Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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Sony’s WF-H800 h.ear in TWS headphones offer rich sound

Available in five colors

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Already a leader in noise-cancelling headphones, Sony is offering something a little different in the true wireless headpones department — the Sony WF-H800 h.ear in headphones.

One of the first easily noticeable things is how the WF-H800 is available in five colors: red, orange, green, blue, and black.

Noticeably missing is the active noise-cancellation feature. However, it makes up for it with other Sony staple-features, primarily the 360 reality audio. The effect of which can only be truly felt once you experience it for yourself.

It also has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver a wide range of audio frequencies as well as a feature Sony calls DSEE HX or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. This tech restores the high-range sound that’s lost in compression. It reproduces digital music files with rich, natural sound.

It’s also lightweight and designed to fit your ears perfectly. The WF-H800 promises up to eight hours of music playback plus another eight hours with the carrying case giving you a total of 16 hours. Additionally, 10 minutes of charge time will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time.

Just like other Sony headphones, these are compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Price and availability

The Sony WF-H800 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centers, Sony authorized dealers and the official Sony store on Lazada from March 2020. It will retail for SG$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Masterclass in noise cancellation

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality

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With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on Samsung.com, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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