How to find your artistic style using the ASUS VivoBook S14

Be bold and create freely



Having your own artistic style can help launch your creative career. Whether you’re a budding designer, musician, content creator, or any type of creative, you’ll need to have a distinct voice —  so you stand out in a sea of exceptional artists.

But finding your style isn’t something you can do in one night; It’s an arduous journey of self-discovery and exploration. Luckily, we live in an age where we can equip ourselves with technology to aid us in our creative pursuits. Finding your style (and even yourself) is easier than ever!

Use the right machine

When I was younger, I never paid attention to the tools I used as an artist. All I care about is that my tools — laptops, tablets, phones — should work, not realizing that using the right resources can catapult my creative journey. That’s a mistake I regret and hope young artists wouldn’t follow through.

Admittedly, I don’t have the money to invest in high-end machines. Back then, we also had limited options on capable laptops that support our artistic journeys. They’re either expensive, bulky and come with boring designs.

Thankfully, laptops these days are powerful enough at a more affordable price, and they come in stylish, bold designs that complement your lifestyle. One example is the ASUS VivoBook S14.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 has been in the market for years, but it got a refresh to accompany the youth in navigating their vibrant years. This machine, through its exceptional features, can help you find and develop your style.

Know who you are

Finding your style entails searching and knowing yourself on another level. But before you start your journey to self-discovery, you have to remind yourself that no creator is completely original.

This is a common struggle among young artists, hoping to become the next star by having something “original”, not realizing that new ideas and styles are born from the fusion of two existing ideas.

When you let it sink in, you can easily find your style in a certain formula: soak up inspiration, sprout new ideas, then twist and shape it to your liking.

In my case, I watch animé where I reference their visuals — particularly the drawing style and color palette — and the emotionally-gratifying storytelling as an inspiration for my next piece.

With the VivoBook S14’s 14″ FHD NanoEdge Display and Wide Viewing Panel, it’s entertaining to indulge in artistic cinematography and vibrant visuals. You can delight in its striking, vivid colors on every film you’ll watch at any angle you’d like.

When you have enough inspiration, it’s time to combine your voice, technique, color choices, and composition. This will make it easy for you to find your style, develop it, or explore more.

You can do this at your own pace. Just don’t forget to be gentle to yourself. Keep in mind that our styles constantly evolve.

Practice, practice, practice

You won’t develop your style if all you do is think of these ideas and it remains in your head. Try to create as much as you can. Spending a few times a week can help you progress.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 is equipped with the right power to help you perform your creative challenges. You can run any software you’d like and enjoy a hiccup-free experience thanks to its beefy internals: 10th-gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB DDR4 RAM, 512GB HDD internal storage, WiFi-6 connectivity, Intel’s UHD Graphics, and NVIDIA’s GeForce MX350.

Additionally, it has a long-lasting battery which can help you create all-day. If you ever run out of juice, you can charge it quickly with its fast-charging up to 60 percent in less than an hour.

Don’t get stuck in one place

I’m telling you this literally and figuratively — don’t get stuck. If you feel stuck, you have the power to change anything that’s in your control. Take a breather and step outside.

Bring your laptop and inspiration with you. The ASUS VivoBook S14 is designed to be a portable machine, with a lightweight build — weighing 1.4kg — and design that makes it easy to grip and hold.

Celebrate yourself

Finding your style is a mere representation of your voice, personality, beliefs, and things that make you who you are. Stay true to your style by allowing your preferences to reflect in your everyday life. You can change your wardrobe, essentials, and even home decor to match a certain aesthetic.

Thankfully, the ASUS VivoBook S14 comes in different colors that reflect every personality. Of course, my preferred color is Dreamy White since I’m someone who dares to dream and constantly thinks of new ideas. Some would even say I daydream a lot!

I also own a lot of white — clothes, art materials, and other personal stuff — since this color represents my personality and attitude in life and in my designs: clean, minimalistic, classic, and sophisticated.

If you’re feeling funky, you can plaster it with stickers (like I used to do with my old laptop) and personalize it to your liking.

The ASUS VivoBook S14 comes with a set of stickers because they aren’t just a fashion statement or additional decor to your laptop — they’re a representation of sticking up to what you stand for in life. Now go find your style, create, and own your day.

Want to know more about the Asus Vivobook S Series? Watch the Digital Launch here: bit.ly/ASUSWowTheWorldLaunch

This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

Best Smartphones

Best Budget Smartphones below $200

August 2020 Edition



Welcome to GadgetMatch’s list of the best smartphones priced below US$ 200! Each month, we update our selection with the budget-friendly phones we believe are most deserving of your hard-earned savings.

Even though the spotlight has been on high-end smartphones this entire year, there have been a few surprisingly good entry-level handsets coming out lately, as well. So good, in fact, that we had to reassess our entire list.

Here they are in no particular order

Redmi 9 (PhP 6,990 / US$ 141)

Quality build with baseline specs that can handle, well, the basics. This is what the Redmi line has been offering and that remains true with the Redmi 9. You’ll have to be bit creative with some of the apps you install (always go for the Lite versions), but the pre-installed Google apps run smoothly and should be more than enough to power you through.

Hands-On: Redmi 9

Redmi Note 9 (US$ 200)

This is a routine appearance for the Redmi Note line. Xiaomi continues to lord over the budget segment by offering fairly capable smartphones at such an affordable price.

Review: Redmi Note 9

Realme 6i (US$ 196)

Realme finally releases a budget phone with a USB-C port! That aside, everything here is standard Realme — which is great. Its cameras leave much to be desired but what this is a budget phone after all. It does pretty well everywhere else — can game, handle your usual daily things, and has an impressive battery life.

READ: Realme6i 

OPPO A5s (US$ 117)

The OPPO A5s perhaps is best looked at as a transition device more than anything else. It does what you expect out of budget smartphones. It’s good to have “for now” but you might look elsewhere for a more reliable daily driver.


Samsung Galaxy A20 (US$ 190)

Samsung’s revived Galaxy A-series proves that the company cares about every price segment. The Galaxy A20, in particular, is the most well-rounded below US$ 200 thanks to its ultra-wide camera, AMOLED display, and hefty battery.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A20

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Best Midrange Smartphones from $200 to $400

August 2020 Edition



When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 200 to US$ 400.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, upper-midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

realme 6 Pro (PhP 16,990/ US$ 339)

This is the only smartphone in this segment that offers a 90Hz screen refresh rate. It’s one thing if that’s the only thing it’s good at, but the realme 6 Pro has a 64MP quad-camera setup, a really clean UI, and Snapdragon 720G along with 30W VOOC charging. We’re convinced this is the best Android phone in this segment.

Review: realme 6 Pro

realme 6 (PhP 13,990/ US$ 280)

It’s pretty much everything its “pro” sibling is except it’s instead powered by a Helio G90T processor made for gaming. the RAM and storage combo is no slouch too (8GB/128GB) and yes, it also has a 90Hz screen refresh rate. Solid. Value.

Review. realme 6

iPhone SE (US$ 399)

One of the world’s fastest processors, a fantastic camera, at a midranger’s price. If we told you, we’re talking about an iPhone you probably wouldn’t believe us but here we are. The iPhone SE’s design is dated, but everything about its performance is near-flagship or flagship 2020 levels.


Huawei Nova 7 SE (PhP 19,990/ US$ 399)

Barely making the price point, Huawei phones are facing a unique problem with the lack of Google Mobile Services. That said, Huawei Mobile Services is making a headway. But the reason the phone lands on this list is because of its 5G capabilities. This is one of the most affordable phones to support 5G and that has to count for something.

Hands-On: Huawei Nova 7 SE

Samsung Galaxy A51 (US$ 320)

Samsung’s on a roll with their Galaxy A-series. The Galaxy A51 builds on everything that was already great with the Galaxy A50 and A50s and just makes it even better. Much like everything on the Galaxy lineup this year, the Galaxy A51 sports a look that as of posting is still undeniably Samsung.

Pixel 3a (US$399)

The Pixel 3a barely makes this price range by being just a hair under $400. The camera alone easily makes this crème de la crème of this bunch. Add to that the vanilla Android experience and of course being in the priority list of Android updates, this is the Pixel to get for Android purists.

HANDS-ON: Pixel 3a

POCO X2 (INR 19,99/ US$ 279)

The future of Pocophone was up in the air for a while, but all of that was finally put to rest when the brand finally released the POCO X2. This isn’t exactly the successor to the POCO F1. In fact, this is just a rebranded Redmi K30 Pro. But it’s still a step in the right direction for a brand that quickly captured everyone’s attention only to go completely silent for over a year.


Samsung Galaxy M31 (INR 15,99/US$ 224)

This battery-powerhouse of a smartphone has never quite made it to more markets, but it has gotten a significant amount of attention thanks to its 6,000mAh battery. Something this long-lasting appears to still be one of the priorities of smartphone buyers.

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Best Upper-Midrange Smartphones from $400 to $600

August 2020 Edition



When premium phones are out of financial reach and entry-level handsets just don’t make your cut, something in between is the next best thing. This is our updated list of the best upper-midrange smartphones retailing from US$ 400 to US$ 600.

Formulating this category was tricky, since you can’t set an exact price and some of these devices are, in fact, the flagship phones of their respective brands. To simplify things, we chose a price range that simply sits between our other lists for best budget, midrange, and premium smartphones.

Here they are in no particular order:

OnePlus Nord (EUR 499 / US$ 570)

The OnePlus Nord launched with plenty of fanfare from OnePlus fans. After a few phones that veered away from providing flagship-level phones for less, OnePlus is back in that game. What we have is almost all the necessities you can want from any really capable phone.

Review: OnePlus Nord

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite (EUR 349/ US$ 448)

Xiaomi’s here with yet another fantastic value-for-money device. While we found this phone’s cameras to be less than ideal, that doesn’t mean they’re bad at all. And this can easily be addressed in a software update. The Mi Note 10 Lite is stellar at this price point, hitting most of what you’ll need on a smartphone.

Review: Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Lite

OPPO Reno3 (PhP 28,990 / US$ 575)

The design of the Reno3 feels like a departure from the journey that OPPO took when they launched the first Reno phone. That said, this is still a solid all-around smartphone at this price point. It does about everything well enough to merit this inclusion. It’s not stellar, but it’s solid.


POCO F2 Pro [6GB/128GB] (EUR 499/ US$ 560)

It feels premature adding this here but if the previous POCO phone was any indication, we probably have another worthy option at this price point. Worth noting though that the higher configuration (8GB/256GB) breached premium space — which is uncharted territory for the POCO brand.


Samsung Galaxy A71 5G (US$ 599)

Awesome screen, awesome camera, long-lasting battery life — that’s the LSS-inducing theme of the Galaxy A71 as it was being teased. Lo and behold, Samsung wasn’t lying. The phone certainly lives up to the hype and while specs-wise there may be cheaper options out there, the package that Samsung has put together is quite enticing. And in the US, it’s the most affordable phone with support for 5G.

REVIEW: Samsung Galaxy A71

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Lite (US$ 449)

Finally. A Galaxy Note sans the gimmicks. The Galaxy Note line has always been a premium offering. And while this isn’t exactly budget, it’s still a lot more affordable than the usual stylus-paired smartphone from Samsung.

WATCH HANDS-ON: Samsung Galaxy Note 10

realme X3 SuperZoom (Php 24,990 / US$ 509)

The realme X3 SuperZoom is equipped with late 2019 flagship specs — Snapdragon 855+, 64MP main camera, 120Hz screen refresh rate — while being priced at just a little over half the price of phones with comparable specs. realme is playing in that flagship killer territory and certainly deserves more attention.

Review: realme X3 SuperZoom

OnePlus 7T (US$ 499)

With the OnePlus 8 and 8 Pro going the premium flagship route in terms of pricing, this leaves the OnePlus 7T as the last remaining remnant of their flagship killing ways. There is news of a One Plus Z looming in the horizon. However, until it arrives, the OnePlus 7T is the phone to get at this price point


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