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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 Watch Series 6 vs Watch SE: Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide

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There’s a new Apple Watch iteration every year — although this year, we have two new models to unbox. Other than that, we also have the newest one-piece bands called ‘Solo Loop’ — both in silicon and braided.

Although Apple completely removed the charging brick out from the usual packaging, they packed several new features on the Watch Series 6 including the new blood oxygen sensor and Always-On Altimeter. Meanwhile, the Watch SE is meant for people who’d want to experience Apple’s wearable without having to spend too much.

Between these two, which of them is your GadgetMatch? Or are you struggling to choose one?

You can head over to our latest Apple Watch Series 6 vs Apple Watch SE Unboxing and Buyer’s Guide right here to find out more.

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Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch

For eco-friendly reasons

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Three months ago, a spicy rumor made its way across the internet. According to an analyst, Apple will stop shipping upcoming iPhones with a free charger. Naturally, the rumored decision met with a lot of criticism. Now, however, all rumors are gone; Apple has removed free chargers from the Apple Watch.

In the big Time Flies event today, Apple announced the Apple Watch Series 6 and the Apple Watch SE. Though both smartwatches have impressive specs, they will miss one of the most essential accessories for devices: a plug-in charger. Instead of the wired adapter, the device should come with a wireless adapter for wireless charging.

Finally, Apple has confirmed the landmark decision. Announced by Lisa Jackson, Apple’s vice president of environment, policy, and social initiatives, the accessory’s removal comes as part of Apple’s initiative to reduce the company’s environmental impact. The company has previously announced a plan to go carbon neutral by 2030.

Of course, Apple might have other reasons to remove the charger. According to a previous rumors, 5G hardware has considerably upped Apple’s costs across the board. Removing “non-essential” accessories might reduce Apple’s productions costs and might keep prices relatively around the same range. Curiously, the Apple Watch’s titanium and Hermes models will still ship with power adapters, despite the on-paper environmental reasons.

Also, according to a new rumor, Apple isn’t stopping with the Apple Watch. Tech leaker Mark Gurman has hinted that Apple is also removing the power adapter from the iPhone 12’s box.

Unfortunately, Apple did not announced the much-awaited iPhone 12 during the Time Flies event against previous speculation. The company is still set to release the next iPhone generation sometime in the next quarter. If the trend has truly started, you might not see a free charger next month anymore.

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IKEA, ASUS ROG launching affordable gaming furniture, accessories

We need a sneak peek!

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Another thing to add to the things we didn’t expect from this year but, has left us thinking, “huh, sounds about right.” IKEA and ASUS ROG are partnering to create a line of affordable gaming furniture and accessories.

fredde desk from IKEA

The IKEA Product Development Center in Shanghai will be developing all 30 products in this line-up. And, if you’re wondering who’s designing these products, you’re in for a treat. IKEA’s designers stacked up on design concepts and critiques from ROG designers, professional gamers, and gaming enthusiasts to really nail down aesthetic, comfort, and functionality.

ASUS ROG set-up

IKEA is happy to be teaming up with ROG to smoothly marry its home furnishing expertise with ROG’s exceptional gaming technology and design.

There’s a catch though. I won’t lie, I was hoping they’d launch their partnership with tantalizing patent designs. But, we’re left with imagination to fully take its course on this one. Design, concepts, and patents of the “affordable gaming furniture and accessories” haven’t officially been released. For now, the most obvious assumption of items in the line-up would be gaming desks and chairs.

What comes up when you look for gaming desks on IKEA

A quick search on IKEA for gaming desks and chairs show decent products to have on anyone’s set-up so we’re looking forward to designs they’ve mustered up with this partnership. The line-up is launching in China in February of 2021 and will be available in the US and elsewhere by October 2021.

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