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ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482: Your next-level productivity companion

ASUS reinvents how we get things done

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ASUS is known to be one that makes bold moves when it comes to introducing features to their devices. As the search for incredible continues, ASUS pushes our multitasking boundaries further than we normally would with the ZenBook Duo line.

Productivity is the name of the game and ASUS again reinvents how we get things done and truly brings into play our cognitive functions with the new ZenBook Duo 14 UX482.

Dual display

Like the others in the ZenBook Duo line, the UX482 sports two displays. Boasting the new and improved secondary display, the ScreenPad Plus. This 12.6-inch screen now has 400 nits of brightness and a feature-packed user interface. Smartphone-like is how the interface is best described and has drastically minimized the learning curve of its usability.

Among the many notable features of the ScreenPad Plus software are the Windows Flick, View Max, Task Swap and the ASUS Control Panel.

Windows Flick sends windows onto the other screen with a simple drag and flick for a faster multitasking experience.

View Max lets users maximize both displays simulating one large display for a more seamless single task view across both displays. Task Swap is a button that instantly swaps windows from the ScreenPad Plus onto the main display area and vice versa.

There’s also the Keyboard Lock that lets you lock the keyboard to avoid accidental presses for drawing since both displays are compatible with the ASUS stylus pen.

And as for my favorite, the ASUS Control Panel. The ScreenPad Plus has software integration with programs such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects. With this enabled, the ScreenPad Plus shifts into a fully customizable control panel with touch based toggles, knobs and sliders. This gives users easy access to settings like exposure, adjusting brush sizes, and other aspects inside your creative software. A neat feature that really eases up the creative workflow.

Main display, more than just eye candy

For the main display, we have a 14-inch full HD IPS panel also with 400 nits of brightness, rated 100% sRGB color gamut and has Pantone validation certification. If you’ve tried doing photo and video work on inaccurate display monitors, you’ll know that matching colors across different devices is just daunting. Pantone validation simply means industry grade color accuracy meaning these displays are designed to get real work done and not just fancy multitasking.

Superhero performance

Expect to breeze through your tasks with the Duo UX482 as it is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. No, great power doesn’t come with great responsibilities this time as the UX482 uses the ultra-low power variant of Intel chips. Low power equates to longer battery life and a much cooler thermal operation. There is also the option between an Nvidia GeForce MX450 or the integrated Intel Iris XE for its graphics processor. 

ErgoLift hinge

The ErgoLift hinge by ASUS Design as the name suggests, lifts the bottom half of the device as the lid is pushed farther back. This adds a slight angle for a more comfortable typing experience. Two “arms” also pop up below the ScreenPad Plus adding a little bit more angle to the already angled bottom half for an easier view of the second display.

This lift also gives the device room for ventilation at both its bottom and upper part and also adds resonance to the sound coming from its speakers making the Harman Kardon driver sound fuller.

Talk about genius design engineering. A simple design improvement from the standard laptop but one that brings so much impact on different aspects of the device.

Keep calm, battery life goes on

Up to 17 hours of battery life is claimed on the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 and that’s with the ScreenPad Plus and some hardware powered down. That’s probably more than enough for a day at a coffee shop. If by any chance that it isn’t, you can easily charge the UX482 via USB-C as its Easy charge feature makes it compatible with a USB-C smartphone charger or a power bank.  

Shockingly compact

Even thinner than its predecessor, the UX482 measures 16.9mm thin and weighs only 1.6kg. A shockingly compact little device considering you get two screens in a very small footprint.

Tough quality

US Military Grade MIL-STD-810H. So I dug into some research to understand what this really meant. I was surprised to know that this design had undergone a series of compliance tests that simulates various environments of which the device could possibly be exposed to and having this certification simply means it is tough. The build quality speaks for itself on this one as it feels very solid to hold with its mostly metal construction.

Is the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 your GadgetMatch?

The secondary display is no gimmick. It really adds another dimension to productivity and ASUS has made sure that the experience is made easier for us to grasp.

A fabulous main display, an even more stellar secondary display, steadfast performance, rock solid build quality and a brilliant design. 

Hats off to ASUS for genuinely trying to innovate on what had seemed to be a stagnant competition between brands and giving us a slice of the future with the ZenBook Duo.

The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 is undeniably a main laptop type of device and is easily my favorite ZenBook so far.

More details on the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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vivo X60 Hands-On: vivo X Zeiss team up for mobile photography

Redefining power and photography

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vivo X60

Now that we’re at an age of portability with a purpose, we definitely want to own a smartphone that can provide everything that we want and need, so we don’t have to rely on any other gadgets. That’s what the vivo X60 aims to be.

One of the features we usually look for in a smartphone is if its cameras are top notch. With that in mind, vivo made sure that they can contend against the best of the best as they comeback with the vivo X60 series — among these is the vivo X60.

With the X60, vivo co-engineers their cameras with high-end lens manufacturer Zeiss, making us experience Zeiss’ cutting edge imaging technology through our phones and making X60’s photography function more powerful than ever.

Specs and performance

Providing us so much in the camera department, vivo also ticks all the boxes when it comes to amazing specs:

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 870 processor
  • 6.56” AMOLED display
  • 120Hz refresh rate
  • 12GB+3GB RAM
  • 256GB internal storage

Expect lag free browsing of your social media content and your favorite mobile games, even the very demanding Genshin Impact.

With so many things that you want to do with your smartphone, the vivo X60 is packed with a 4300mAh battery. This gives you more than enough power for a day of media streaming, social media browsing and some games on the side.

It even comes with a 33W flash charger that lets you juice up your phone back to a hundred percent in just a little over an hour.

As for the software, the vivo X60 runs Funtouch OS 11.1 based on Android 11 which has to be one of the most efficient skins from vivo yet.  It’s a very simplistic skin which feels close to vanilla Android but with visual improvements to enhance that vivo experience.

Stunning display

Despite its 6.56” display, the X60 is still ebay to grip thanks to it being slim at only 7.44mm and light at 176g.

Its AG glass back definitely grabs your attention with its gradient finish. Shifting its colors depending on how the light hits it, the shimmer blue design we have in our hands is absolutely gorgeous.

As we’ve touched on the 6.56” display of the vivo X60 earlier, do not be deceived as this is not your ordinary display. This is a 120Hz LTM AMOLED display and it boasts an HDR 10+ certification. This means you can expect details on the shadow side and lighter side of images that you won’t normally see on an average smartphone.

So surely, it would be your perfect companion for streaming films, documentaries, and TV series. LTM technology lets you enjoy clear visuals even with bright sunlight.

Now let’s talk about the star of the show, the camera with Zeiss optics.

Smartphone companies partner with camera or lens manufacturers to enhance their camera systems. And vivo pulled off a great move in partnering with Zeiss, making its superb technology present on all of vivo X60’s cameras.

Fantastic camera features

There’s the 48MP main camera, 13MP telephoto camera, and a 13MP ultra wide angle camera. And up front, you have the 32MP selfie camera.

With all these, you can take remarkable photos in whichever mode you choose. Your photos will look like it came straight out of a DSLR or a mirrorless camera with your main shooter.

Landscape views look amazing on the X60’s ultra wide mode, and your photos still look sharp and detailed with the telephoto lens.

The vivo X60 also has the Zeiss biotar portrait style, giving your portrait photos that iconic bokeh look. The portrait lens also has an equivalent 50mm focal length which is a staple for photographers to take great portraits.

As for its super panorama mode, shots are so seamless that you wouldn’t see any stitches.

Video taking

Now when it comes to taking videos, its main camera has optical image stabilization (OIS) making your video shots really smooth and steady. The vivo X60 has ultra stabilization which combines OIS and EIS.

But what happens when the lights are out and you only have your surround light to keep you lit? That’s what really puts the vivo X60 on the pedestal — its outstanding low light capability.

With vivo’s updated AI noise reduction algorithm, you can take stunning photos even at night. With its HDR super Night Portrait Mode, you can still stay in the spotlight and shine even in darkness.

Even if it’s pitch black outside, the vivo 60 can still make it seem like it’s daytime, giving us photos with good light and clear details, thanks to its Extreme Night Vision 2.0.

The X60 also lets you shoot in long exposure mode, giving you the chance to capture light streaks without worrying about too many settings.

The vivo X60 surely puts the wonder in wonderful with its outstanding cameras. It even takes things a few notches higher among smartphone contenders with its amazing display and performance, with a competitive base flagship pricing.

Pricing and availability

vivo X60, 12GB+3GB RAM/ 256GB Storage — PhP 34,999. Available in vivo Official Stores, Lazada, and Shopee.


This feature is a partnership between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.

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SCARLET NEXUS First Impressions: Technological dystopia

BANDAI NAMCO’s take on an anime-style, cyberpunk RPG

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SCARLET NEXUS

I knew BANDAI NAMCO mostly from their incredible work on classic games like PAC-MAN and TEKKEN. In fact, I grew up playing their games quite a lot, whether with family members or with some friends. To this day, they’re still producing a decent amount of games across both current and next-generation consoles and the PC.

This time around, they’ve ventured into an action RPG mixed with a little bit of “brain punk” as they described it. They called this game, “SCARLET NEXUS, and it’s set for release for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and the PC. Now, I gave the demo a shot to see just how everything will turn out.

Short, sweet, and action-filled

In total, the entire demo took about 30 minutes to finish, which for a demo isn’t that long. At the start, you even get to choose which main protagonist you want to roll with, for a good reason too. Apart from the same tutorial section, you actually get to play a different main stage design. I honestly thought it would be the same all throughout.

Character selection screen for SCARLET NEXUS

Regardless, gameplay immediately picks up after a short tutorial session, and I found myself just having a blast. Honestly, the controls are pretty easy to understand and master after a few combat sequences so the learning curve isn’t steep. Plus, part of the combat mechanics includes the SAS, which grants access to additional attacks and abilities.

SCARLET NEXUS

It’s a gameplay style I’ve come accustomed to with other RPGs in the last few years. Even for a short demo, action looks quite fast-paced and reaction-heavy on some occasions. Also, you can add onto that a bit of exploration with the vast level design, so combat feels more loose and exciting to mess around with.

Visuals suited for the time

If you’re planning to get the version for the PC or  next-gen consoles, the design for the demo is amazing. I have to give credit to BANDAI NAMCO for integrating some apt lighting fixtures in Kasane’s demo level, further emphasizing the technological wasteland in the background. Although, I think that this will also be present in the PS4 and Xbox One versions but not as prominent.

Also, like I mentioned before, the demo levels are quite vast, which also aids in the exploration aspect. I noticed that they scatter some items across the whole level, ranging from healing items to items that aid in combat. In some instances, these items were well-hidden in some of the nooks and crannies of the level.

Of course, it isn’t just in the overworld visuals that I’m amazed at, but even in some of the cutscenes in between combat and exploration. The cartoony, comic book-style animations mixed in with some techno-punk were nice touches. I could feel that there was a lot of love given just to this department alone.

Worth all the waiting?

If I could sum up my initial impressions on SCARLET NEXUS, it’s an RPG that I truly enjoyed even for 30 minutes. Honestly, the biggest culprit for this goes to the gameplay mechanics that feels so great to execute, and you take a short time learning everything. Packed with some incredible visual design, I think this game has potential to be a favorite for this year.

SCARLET NEXUS

One of the things I am looking forward to later on is the storylines we’ll be working with. The demo doesn’t really touch on plot points that you could do mental gymnastics with. Although, it does reveal that you play with different NPCs instead of taking on the enemies all by yourself. Nonetheless, I feel that it’s something worth diving into when the full game comes out.

SCARLET NEXUS will be available on June 25.

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moto G stylus 5G Hands-on

The last of its kind?

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The moto G stylus was launched just last year. This time, Motorola has unveiled the moto G stylus 5G.

From the name itself, it now has 5G support — that’s thanks to the new Snapdragon 480G processor.

It may be look like a lower model number on paper, but this one promises better specs.

But is it enough for you to buy one? Watch our moto G stylus 5G hands-on video now.

 

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