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ASUS ZenPower Slim: 5 things it fits in

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In the age of technology and social media, running out of power is a big no-no that will leave any respectable millennial panic-stricken. It pays to be prepared; it pays to have ready technology’s gift to humanity: the power bank. 

Picking out a power bank that works for you is like picking out a date — it has to fit your needs and personality just right, for optimum effect. In my case, I need a spare battery that’s super portable so I can carry it around anywhere without hassle. The ASUS ZenPower Slim is pretty much up my alley.

ASUS ZenPower Slim flatlay

The sleek device has a battery capacity of 3000mAh and it comes in black and white. The black version that I got looks simple and classy, and weighs almost nothing (almost nothing = less than 100 grams). It has one USB port, a micro-USB port, a power button, and a handy LED light.

But on to the cool part: I tested out the device just to see how it would fare in the everyday life of Isa, and what this teeny external battery would fit in. Here are the results.

My small, girly hands

Phone and power bank in hand, I had no problem walking while charging because this thing is even thinner and lighter than my actual wallet.

holding the ASUS ZenPower Slim

I often find myself heading out with my phone plugged and charging. I’ve carried around power banks that are thrice as big and probably four times as heavy as the ZenPower slim and it was a hassle.

holding the ASUS ZenPower Slim

The solution is pretty simple: I can’t grow my small hands but having a smaller power bank is definitely possible. No more dropping my phone, or my power bank — or both!

My makeup kit

I have a habit of stuffing non-makeup things into my makeup pouch because this is something I never forget to bring. But, as I’m sure most girls know, makeup kits aren’t the most spacious things — mine is bursting with random cosmetics!

ASUS ZenPower Slim fits in my make up kit

Since the ZenPower Slim doesn’t take up much space, there was no problem fitting it in.

This also applies to those small and cute (but useless) night-out bags and evening gown clutches. Yes, ladies — this is the solution to that problem we’ve all had at least once in our lives.

My passport holder!

This thing is so thin and compact it fits things that aren’t even designed for it, like my passport holder.

ASUS ZenPower Slim in my passport holder

Every time I travel, it’s easy access to my travel documents, cards, foreign currency, and extra power!

ASUS ZenPower Slim

Just look at how perfectly snug that is in there. This is a match made in tech-travel heaven.

My jeans’ back pocket

Surprisingly, the ZenPower slim also fits in my skinny jeans’ back pocket.

ASUS ZenPower Slim in back pocket

Now, first of all, my pants are really tight and I’m just surprised that anything fits there at all. Second: It did not only fit the power bank, it fit the phone too and the bulge was not awkwardly big!

My life

So yes, I carry around power banks everywhere I go because you never know when you’re going to need more juice. When I say everywhere, I mean everywhere! This particular gadget is perfectly sized for the slew of random activities I usually participate in as I don’t usually have space or energy for big bags or big, loose pockets.

ASUS ZenPower Slim fits in my life

All I really need most of the time is, more or less, one extra charge cycle and I’m ready to go. The ZenPower Slim gives me just that. With this power bank, I won’t ever need extra space or baggage.

The ASUS ZenPower Slim retails for PhP 520 in the Philippines.

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This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS.

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Apple now sells 18W USB-C fast charger and clear iPhone XR case

More expensive than the ordinary, of course

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Apple has a couple of interesting new items available for iPhone owners out there.

After the month-long delay, the iPhone XR finally gets an official case. For the first time ever, Apple now offers a clear protective case. Instead of leather or silicone, you can protect your colorful iPhone XR with an optically clear polycarbonate and flexible TPU case.

It’ll be probably one of the most expensive TPU cases you’ll ever purchase for US$ 39. With its expensive price tag, hopefully, it won’t turn yellow over time like other cheap third-party clear cases.

18W USB-C Power Adapter | Image credit: Apple

Those who have been wanting a fast charger for their iPhones can finally get one without spending too much. The early solution wasn’t specifically designed for iPhones and it’s not cheap either.

Thankfully, Apple is now selling an 18W USB-C Power Adapter. Although, you’ll still have to purchase a USB-C to Lightning cable separately. The new iPhone fast charger is priced at US$ 29, while the USB-C cable is an additional US$ 19.

It’ll cost you US$ 48 to charge an iPhone faster, which should come out of the box like with flagship Android phones. Keep in mind that you should be using an iPhone 8 or later model.

The new 18W fast charger and clear case for the iPhone XR are now listed on Apple’s online store.

SEE ALSO: Apple gives away iPhone XR to everyone on The Ellen Show

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Pantone of the year Living Coral and where you’ve seen it before

Such a pretty shade! 🤩

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For the last 20 years, the Pantone Color Institute had been assigning a color to the year that’s to come. Symbolic of the incoming trends in culture, fashion, and design, among others; each shade that’s carefully picked represents a sentiment that embodies “our collective experience and reflect what is taking place in our global culture at a moment in time.”

This year, that color is Living Coral, or Pantone 16-1546.

As the name implies, it’s a color we mostly expect to see under the sea. It is, according to Pantone, a hue which “embraces us with warmth and nourishment to provide comfort and buoyancy in our continually shifting environment.”

But, we don’t just see this amazing color in submerged life forms. It’s a breathtaking shade we find in nature, in the beautiful world that surrounds us, and on our Instagram feeds. Here are a few breathtaking samples from our feed:

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Of course, makeup is all up in this color jam. Coral classics have always existed, and here are some crowd favorites in this year’s Pantone pick.

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Even on the runway, this mellow color has popped up. For the Spring 2019 collections, a number of designers like Marc Jacobs, Prada, Sies Marjan, and Zac Posen have worked in the shade.

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Coral also took center stage in celebrity news and pop culture in the form of a tiny bikini in what has been dubbed as “the battle of the coral bikini.” Basically, Kourtney Kardashian and Sofia Richie, the ex and at-that-time beau of Scott Disick, were both spotted in Mexico with swimwear that looked way too similar.

In terms of impact, this item would probably have the least on this list, but those coral bikinis are still looking pretty cute to me

Even in tech, we saw the rise of this color slowly creeping in and taking the place of traditional gold and black color schemes — thank goodness!

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The Pantone Institute justifies its color choice with the “innate need for optimism and joyful pursuits” that this color represents. They even go as far as saying that Living Coral symbolizes the  “authentic and immersive experiences that enable connection and intimacy” — perfect at a time of fast-paced tech and the internet.

Rightly so, Panton explains that Living Coral is “a nurturing color that appears in our natural surroundings and at the same time, displays a lively presence within social media.”

After writing this feature, I can’t say I disagree.

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Razer Thresher and Raiju Ultimate Hands-on: Splendid gaming combo

Badass gaming accessories

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If there’s one thing Razer is really good at, it’s making gaming accessories that are both stylish and edgy. The Razer Thresher headset as well as the Raiju Ultimate controller for the PlayStation 4 (PS4) are primary examples of this.

Headset you can wear for hours

At first glance, the Razer Thresher looks like it would weigh heavily on your head. This is not the case. Despite its bulky exterior, this headset is lightweight and extremely comfortable.

The four-inch earcups cover a good portion of your ears and it feels like a headset you can wear for hours. It neither feels too tight nor to loose.

Setup is pretty straight forward, too. Simply plug the accompanying USB stick to the PS4’s USB port, turn on the headset, and it should work with no hiccups.

Immersive audio

Audio quality is right about what you’d expect from a US$ 150 headset. The earcups lend nicely to making the sound feel immersive as you game. When I played Marvel’s Spider-Man with these on, it almost felt like it was me swinging around New York with how much of the environment I could hear.

This headset also has a mouthpiece that’s perfect for co-op games, but since I don’t really play those kinds of games, I wasn’t able to try the headset in that setting. It does record good audio though, so you can opt to use it for that.

Although it’s labeled as an accessory for the PS4, it will work with any device that has a USB port. I used the headset on my MacBook Pro and it worked just fine.

Feels drastically different from the DualShock 4

At first glance, you would even think that the Raiju Ultimate controller was made for the Xbox One. It bears so much resemblance to that console’s controller which is why I felt a little iffy using it.

Most of my console gaming has been spent wielding DualShock controllers. I did try the Xbox but my personal preference is still the controllers bundled with the PlayStation consoles through the years.

That said, I didn’t completely hate the Raiju Ultimate experience. I did have trouble playing NBA 2K19 because the buttons weren’t responding the way they usually would on a regular DualShock 4 controller. This had a significant effect on my game as I wasn’t knocking down the shots I normally would.

The Raiju Ultimate controller comes with a sleek carrying case

Using the Raiju Ultimate led to a close game and a loss against Marvin. We played twice more but I shifted back to the DualShock 4 and proceeded to dominate him on NBA 2K19 like I normally do. (Editor’s note: “Dominate” is such a strong word.)

It comes with an app

The Raiju Ultimate also comes with an app to customize the extra four shoulder buttons. It has four presets to choose from: Sports, Shooter, Fighting, and Racing.

Instead of using the Sports the preset, I tried the other ones but still got the same result. This wasn’t the case when I played Marvel’s Spider-Man. In fact, it was pretty fluid and the shoulder buttons which you end up using a lot in this game responded seamlessly.

If you want a little bit more of customization, you can add a profile and assign specific functions for each shoulder button depending on the game you’re playing. I imagine it being helpful in games wherein you’re asked to press two buttons at the same time. You can just assign those to buttons to a single shoulder button — pretty handy.

Perfect tandem?

While I did have some trouble with the Raiju Ultimate, that was only in one game. Granted it’s probably the game I play the most, I didn’t have the same troubles in other games.

I had a blast playing Marvel’s Spider-Man using this combo. The game felt a lot closer than when I first played it thanks to the Razer Thresher, and the mechanical feel of the Raiju Ultimate really grows on you as you play.

This pair probably isn’t for everyone but if you want a little boost for your gaming experience, I wouldn’t think twice about copping these.

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