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Things to consider before getting the ROG Rapture GT-AX1100 router

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The “strongest WiFi 6” mesh system in the Philippines was introduced late last year, when PLDT Home and ASUS teamed up. With the promising capability of delivering up to 1,000 Mbps, the ASUS ROG Rapture really is something you’d want to have at home.

Before hitting that add-on button, here are some things you would want to know.

The weird design has special functions

Let’s start with the device’s design. While it looks like a big spider or a creepy-crawly creature, the ROG Rapture’s look is truly something. Of course, like any other ROG product, the Rapture GT-AX1100 router features customizable RGB lighting with its ROG logo.

The design is odd, but the eight huge antennas actually function to send out signals for greater WiFi coverage. The device also sports LED lights that are indicators of the Internet connection status. Although enormous, the Rapture GT-AX1100 only has four gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, with an Internet port for the modem and a 2.5Gbps LAN port for high-speed fiber connections.

The device has promising features

Another good thing about the ASUS ROG Rapture is that it features two things that we all need while we’re all stuck at home during the pandemic, relying solely on our personal WiFi subscriptions:

  • AIMesh technology that gets rids of WiFi dead spots at home
  • AIProtection against malware, internet threats. It’s also for WTFast Gaming Network, IPTV Support, Parental Control, and Link Aggregation.

Setting up the Rapture GT-AX1100 can be done in two ways: via the ASUS Router app or through a browser. But the best things about the device are (1) it’s future-proof; and (2) it has WiFi 6 capability. It’s available for Php 1,349 per month for 24 months via PLDT Home.

The ROG Rapture GT-AX1100 may be too pricey, but it is very ideal for those who live in big homes. And if you want to get rid of dead spots at home and be able to accommodate the work-from-home and online schooling requirements, plus the gaming and entertainment needs of the family, this router is a must-have.


This is a press release from PLDT Philippines

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Xiaomi brings the Mi TV P1 to the Philippines

4K UHD Android TV for your viewing pleasure

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Mi TV P1

Xiaomi truly has it all for you. Not only do they have a wide range of smartphones and devices, they also want to take over your living room with the Mi TV P1.

The Mi TV P1 is a 4K Android TV. It has all the bells and whistles that we’ve come to expect from 4K TVs. Other than being 4K UHD, the display has a 60Hz refresh rate with a 178°(H)/178°(V) viewing angle. It also supports Dolby Vision and HDR10+.

On their website, it comes in four sizes — 32″, 43″, 50″ and 55″ making it a pretty accessible TV set for any household.

You can’t have a good display with subpar sound. For audio, the Mi TV P1 has a speaker sound output of 10 W + 10 W with support for Dolby Audio and DTS-HD. Looks good on paper but we’ve yet to experience how it actually sounds.

For connectivity, it has the following: Bluetooth 5.0, WiFi 2.4GHz/5GHz, three (3) HDMI ports — one of which is eARC for a soundbar connection, two (2) USB ports, Composite In (AV), Ethernet Port, CI Slot, Optical Digital Audio Out, and 3.5mm headphone jack.

Powering the device is a MediaTek 9611 chip with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage for all the TV apps.

The specs are a little different for the 32″ version. It has less ports and a lower resolution but still a good TV nevertheless.

As mentioned earlier, it has the Android TV interface that should be fairly easy to navigate. This means it’s also compatible with Google Assistant and it’ll be receptive to voice commands. It also has a 360 bluetooth remote so you don’t necessarily have to point it to the TV for it to work. There are also dedicated buttons for Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

Price and availability

The Mi TV P1 will be available starting September 30, 2021. Pricing are as follows:

  • 55″ — PhP 24,990
  • 50″ — PhP 22,990
  • 43″ — PhP 18,990
  • 32″ — PhP 10,990

The Mi TV P1 Series can also be availed on a special early bird price with freebies from September 30 until October 1. Those who will purchase the 32” and 43” variants will get a free Redmi soundbar or PhP 8,990 and PhP 16,990 respectively.

A Mi Soundbar for the 50” and 55” variants will serve as freebies with price cuts at PhP 20,990 and PhP 22,990, respectively.

These offers will be available exclusively on Xiaomi Authorized Stores and in Xiaomi official stores on Shopee and Lazada.

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Amazon, Billie Eilish partner for Echo Studio Billie Eilish Limited Edition

For the Billie Eilish fan

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Since the device’s introduction, the Amazon Echo has grown to accommodate more and more markets and uses. The device lineup already includes a standard Echo, an Echo Show with a display, a smaller Echo Dot, and a more audio-centric Echo Studio. Well, amid the Studio’s already premium offering, Amazon is making the Studio more… premium. The company is launching a new Billie Eilish Limited Edition of the Studio.

Before you ask, the limited edition doesn’t offer much more in terms of specs. It’s still the standard array of specs you’ll get from a standard Echo Studio. However, the Billie Eilish Limited Edition does feature the eponymous artist’s Happier Than Ever album art printed on the device’s beige fabric. The artist herself also endorses the edition on her social media.

Other than that, the edition is still the same as the normal one. Amazon has promised that Eilish-inspired alerts will come to the Echo soon. Ironically, the alerts will come to all Echo devices, rather than just exclusive to the Billie Eilish Edition.

This isn’t the first custom skin for the Echo though. Amazon has released custom skins in the past. However, the limited edition is one of the rare celebrity skins for the device.

Despite the lack of differentiation, the Amazon Echo Billie Eilish Limited Edition sells for a bit more than the regular version. It retails for US$ 229.99.

SEE ALSO: Amazon launches its first-ever Fire TV series

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Louvre at home? It’s possible with Samsung’s The Frame

Match made in art heaven

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This news could be thrilling for art enthusiasts and lovers of anything premium. Samsung is teaming up with the iconic Musée du Louvre in Paris, France for an exclusive artwork partnership.

With this collaboration, artworks from the Louvre will join the collection that you can display on Samsung’s The Frame. This brings The Frame’s catalogue to over 1,500 works of art from 42 different countries that you can bask in at stunning 4K resolution.

The overall collection also includes the following:

  • Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Albertina Museum in Vienna
  • Tate Modern in London
  • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg and LUMAS

Louvre at home

Some collection you might want to enjoy at home are must-see masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa and The Wedding Feast at Cana, as well as photos of the majestic Louvre galleries, its architecture, and museum grounds (Louvre Pyramid, Tuileries Garden, etc.). A short description of each work gives users a glimpse into their background and history.

Samsung and the Louvre also plan to unveil other exclusive content for The Frame users later this year.

Take The Frame home

The Frame is part of Samsung’s lifestyle TV lineup. It’s aim is to offer an elevated TV experience. And nothing feels as elevated as blessing your eyes with luxurious art pieces right in your living room.

The 2021 version of the lifestyle TV offers new custom options to complement every space and style, with two frame designs: modern (available in white, teak, beige, and brown) and beveled (available in white and brick red).

The Frame can be hung flush to the wall on an ultra-slim mount and connected to a One Connect box via a single translucent cable that integrates all TV connectors including the power source. Users can also set The Frame anywhere in the room on a Studio Stand.

Watch our Samsung The Frame review.

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