ASUS decks out stylish yet powerful laptops. For instance, the new VivoBook lineup comes with the latest 11th-gen Intel chipset, along with various colors befitting any personality and lifestyle.
Designed with a youthful vibe for a younger audience, the ASUS VivoBook S14 shows-off what it’s made of.
Out of the box, the VivoBook S14 greets you with its sleek, matte-like finish.
Underneath the laptop, you’ll see the usual guide and warranty booklet.
Of course, it comes with a charging cable and adapter, and a set of stickers.
A laptop that’s beautiful in black
Taking the laptop out of the box, the ASUS VivoBook S14 presents itself in a sleek, beautiful Indie Black. This color used to grace laptops from a decade ago but was abandoned in favor of parading colorful variants.
ASUS brings back the color in a classy manner — applying a matte-finish to make it look expensive. In varying angles, the Indie Black can also subtly look like Navy Blue or Dark Gray.
The curves and edges are designed flawlessly, without removing essential ports. I personally find this thoughtful, seeing how most devices we use haven’t transitioned to USB-C. The ASUS VivoBook S14 offers a balanced experience for everyday users — making the laptop a perfect companion for the daily grind.
The laptop opens easily, thanks to its bar-like hinge. Its silver body is unlike any laptops in its bracket, evoking a premium, classy appeal. Touching it feels like your fingertips were gracing a brand new SUV; it’s exciting and invigorating.
Surface you’d love to grace your finger on
The trackpad provides a touch experience decent enough so you won’t need a mouse. Additionally, ASUS reinvents the trackpad by applying a feature evident in its premium lineup — a NumberPad. Tapping the touchpad icon will turn the trackpad into a LED-illuminated numeric pad. Calculator, whomst?
The keyboard is perfect for everyday use. It’s not too big or small — just the right size. Aside from designing the keys smartly, the keyboard has secret functions that can boost the laptop’s performance.
With ASUS’s Intelligent Performance Technology, you can switch between different modes that perfectly suit your usage.
Simply toggle the Fn and F hotkey combination, and you can switch between Whisper Mode for a cool and power-saving operation; Balanced Mode for optimized performance, thermal, and power parameters; and Performance Mode which boosts the laptop’s performance up to 40 percent for heavy workloads.
A vivid, dream-like experience
Unlike the previous VivoBook S14 I’ve tried, this one comes with beefier specifications. It’s equipped with Intel’s 11th-gen Core i7 chipset, assisted by NVIDIA MX50 graphics (Intel Iris XE for other units).
This makes it easier for the laptop to balance battery life and performance, compared to previous models. It’s powered by up to 16GB of RAM with a large capacity PCIe SSD for superfast storage and experience. You can access anything swiftly.
Moreover, the VivoBook S14 sports a 14-inch NanoEdge display that can handle a 60FPS frame rate. Its thin bezels and Full HD display offer vivid visuals; an exceptional color reproduction augmented by wide viewing angles. It’s truly a treat for content creators and everyday users.
There’s a lot to explore in this new ASUS VivoBook S14, but it remains true to its promise: a stylish, powerful laptop for anyone. It’s lightweight and offers just the right size — in its form, keys, and screen.
It fits in my bag and blends with my personal stuff. It’s truly a match for anyone’s personality and lifestyle. And it has the right power apt for content creation or everyday usage. In essence, it’s the perfect balance most people are looking for.
The ASUS VivoBook S14 comes in a variety of colors. The 11th Gen Intel Core i5 variant comes in Indie Black, Resolute Red, Gaia Green, and Dreamy White. Meanwhile, the 11th Gen Intel Core i7 comes in Indie Black and Dreamy White.
Pricing and availability
The ASUS VivoBook S14 S433 i5 and i7 are now available in ASUS Concept Stores, IT Multi-brand Stores, ASUS E-Store, ASUS Shopee, and ASUS Lazada official stores. They retail for PhP 49,995 and PhP 59,995, respectively.
This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.
ASUS ZenBook S (UX393): Unboxing and First Impressions
Sleek, gorgeous, and sexy!
There’s a premium laptop in town, and it’s worth your every attention. Meet the ZenBook S (UX393) — one of ASUS’s most premium headliner laptop.
In case you didn’t know, ZenBooks got all the coolest features that you can find on a laptop today. While looking fancy.
Without further ado, let’s unbox this beaut!
Bringing that sexy black
The ASUS ZenBook S UX393 landed in my home in a black box. You’ll know it’s not the usual laptop seeing how most laptops use a brown box made with sustainable materials.
Taking a peek inside, you’ll see two black boxes: one that carries the laptop and one that contains the peripherals.
There’s also a sleek, laptop sleeve!
But first, let’s take the smaller, rectangular box out. Inside, you can find a long, 65W fast charger in USB-C.
There’s also a USB-C to 3.5 mm headphone jack adapter. Yes, you read that right. This gorgeous notebook doesn’t have a headphone jack anymore.
Moving on, the bigger box carries the ever-gracious ZenBook S. But first, let’s admire how sleek and sexy the box is — in and out. With its minimal Zen-like pattern, it’s easy to be astonished at first sight. It also looks posh with its sexy black and copper-red combination, the same colors utilized by the beautiful ZenBook S.
Upon opening, you’ll find ASUS’s stamp regarding its commitment to sustainability, honoring its promise to using environment-friendly materials despite using a different color for its packaging.
Underneath the laptop, you can find the usual product guide and warranty card tucked inside a discreet envelope.
Gorgeous and stunning
Looking at the ZenBook S is like staring at a Valentino coat and Burberry underwear. You’re not sure if you need it, but you know you want it.
It maintained the iconic, off-centered logo on its lid, with a spun-metal finish, embellished with its prominent Zen-like concentric circular patterns.
Its luxurious Jade Black finish is accentuated with subtle Red-Copper diamond-cut edges, certainly leaving quite an impression — whether it’s you looking or the one showing it off.
On its sides, the ZenBook S demonstrated a design made for people on-the-go. It has a full-size HDMI, USB Type-A ports, MicroSD card reader, and Thunderbolt 4 USB-C ports.
These Thunderbolt ports support fast charging, 4K UHD external displays, and up to 40Gbps of data transfers.
The ZenBook S embodies ASUS’s philosophy when it comes to premium laptops. Just the way it looks, it’s pretty clear that it’s meant to be fancy, smart, and glamorous.
ASUS also brings in innovative features — an ergonomic backlit keyboard design, function keys that make navigating easier, and the NumberPad 2.0 which makes the touchpad work as an LED numeric keypad, too.
For the price it commands, it’s certainly convenient and secure to use. With Windows Hello, your face is your password! The front infrared (IR) camera recognizes your face in seconds and lets you log in instantly and securely.
The ZenBook S also sports ASUS’s proprietary NanoEdge display albeit with a taller 3:2 aspect ratio and a 3300×2200 resolution touchscreen.
Its screen has a Pantone-validated color accuracy, as well, making it an excellent choice for budding creatives. Coupled with Intel’s Evo platform powered by an Intel Core i7 processor, it runs any software seamlessly while you multitask for an efficient workflow.
Price and availability
The ASUS ZenBook S (UX393) is like meeting someone and falling in love at first sight. There’s so much to explore, and you can’t keep your hands off it. That’s what the experience with the ZenBook S felt like.
And for a flagship headliner, we know this laptop still has a lot of surprises on its sleeves. It currently retails for PhP 99,990.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.
Infinix Hot 10 Unboxing and First Impressions
Looking hot for its price!
Meet the Infinix Hot 10.
It comes in a merry and youthful box.
Opening the box, you’ll see the phone plastered with a sticker on its screen.
Underneath is a PUBG Mobile Lite code.
The usual accessories are also part of the box: a pair of earphones, a charging cable, and a charging adapter.
The Infinix Hot 10 comes with a marvelous back, with a glorious, sparkling sheen design.
At the bottom, you can find the well-loved headphone jack, a micro USB port (Come on, it’s 2020), and its speaker grilles.
Found on its left side is the SIM card slot…
… while the right side is equipped with the volume rockers and power button.
The Infinix Hot 10 sports a 6.78-inch HD+ Infinity-O Display.
Its screen houses a punch-hole 8-megapixel front camera on its top-left side.
The rear camera, on the other hand, sports an AI quad-camera setup.
The Infinix Hot 10 is equipped with a 16-megapixel primary camera, a 2-megapixel macro lens, a 2-megapixel depth sensor, and an AI lens for an AI-powered camera experience.
It’s also a reliable, gaming companion on a budget.
The Infinix Hot 10 houses a 5,200mAh battery and MediaTek’s Helio G70 processor, with a 4GB/128GB configuration.
On paper, the Infinix Hot 10 promises a remarkable experience even on a budget. It delivers the basic smartphone experience, with a bit of an edge when it comes to gaming and performance.
It also comes with a hefty, durable build and a marvelous design. You wouldn’t even think it’s a budget smartphone! If anything, the Infinix Hot 10 helps bridge the gap between having a solid performance and a reliable build at an affordable price. Something that many budget phones find difficult to achieve.
Price and availability
The Infinix Hot 10 comes in stunning colorways: Obsidian Black, Ocean Wave, and Moonlight Jade. It retails for PhP 6,990 and will be available on Infinix’s official Shopee and Lazada stores.
Motorola Moto G 5G Plus first look
Beautiful, bewitching, and bedazzling in Blue
Motorola returns to the Philippines, bringing its crowd-favorite clamshell phone and the Moto G 5G Plus, a midrange phone that hopefully reinvents the mid-tier segment.
The new midrange contender presents itself as an affordable 5G smartphone. Right now, there are a lot of questions to answer. Can it potentially shake the competition? What other advantages does it have?
However, we haven’t had the handset for a long period. Hence, we’re going to do a quick rundown first.
Beautiful, bedazzling, and bewitching in Blue
Blue, truly is the warmest color. When Pantone announced Classic Blue as 2020’s color of the year, it was expected that most smartphones will release a similar color, or at least close to its shade and hue.
Motorola did the same with the Moto G 5G Plus, albeit more stunning and enchanting. Rather than following the muted, serious-like color of the year, this phone came in a shade of blue brimming with boldness called Surfing Blue. What a babe!
This striking color reminisces our happy, summer days basking under scorching sunlight, watching surfers play along the waves from the deep blue ocean.
It’s undeniable this handset is visibly made of plastic. You can see and feel it through its plastic coat. But all can be forgiven since Motorola used a textured finish underneath its plastic back.
It looks flamboyant. Refreshing in a sea of bland, plastic-bodied smartphones. There are curved edges cornering a shiny, reflective coat, and a subtle gradient varying on certain angles.
Near the middle of the back, you can find Motorola’s imprinted insignia. Thankfully, it didn’t ruin the embellishments.
For its camera setup, the Moto G 5G Plus dons four lenses on its rear. It didn’t come with a bulky bump, and it adorned its cameras cohesively, enclosed in a square setup while maintaining the textured aesthetic.
Smart, simple, and efficient
The Moto G 5G Plus is decked with efficiency on both its left and right sides. There’s a side-mounted fingerprint scanner that doubles as a power button and a shorter but responsive volume rockers on the right. Meanwhile, the left side carries a dedicated button for Google Assistant and a SIM card slot.
The bottom, on the other hand, carries fan-favorite features together with its speaker grilles: a headphone jack and a USB-C port.
Moving to its front, the phone sports a 6.7-inch LCD display, which is quite vibrant and stunning even when it’s not using the popular AMOLED panel.
On its upper left, you can find two punch-hole cameras housing its front-facing camera system: a 16-megapixel main sensor and an 8-megapixel wide-angle lens.
But let’s forget about it for a moment and let’s appreciate how clean the interface is.
Motorola used Google’s stock Android system while running Android 10, with only the Moto app installed for all your Moto stuff — Display settings, personalization, tips, and the like.
It also uses a 90Hz refresh rate, offering a buttery smooth experience while enjoying a simple, efficient interface.
5G, 5G, 5G
Motorola parades the Moto G 5G Plus as one of the most affordable 5G smartphones in the market. It’s not just affordable, it also prides itself on power, speed, and longevity.
The device supposedly runs Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 765 processor with 8GB RAM and 128GB internal storage. It’s powered by a 5,000mAh battery capable of up to 20W fast charging via TurboPower. More importantly, it can handle 5G connectivity. Although, we haven’t had the chance to test it.
Consider me impressed… or not?
The Moto G 5G Plus looks promising — both on paper and upon the first meeting. It’s just like taking someone on a first date, everything can be quite impressive. But there are still layers we need to discover, and that’s what we’re going to do next in our upcoming review.
For now, the striking color is captivating. Additionally, the 5G connectivity coupled with a long-lasting battery and enough power is a solid promise for consumers. When done right, this can totally shake the competition and join the likes of Xiaomi, Samsung, Huawei, and realme.
The 8GB RAM variant of the Moto G 5G plus will retail at PHP 16,990 in December 2020.
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