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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Every time I travel, it’s easy access to my travel documents, cards, foreign currency, and extra power!
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.
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!
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.
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.
Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves
Keeping your thumbs dry
Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.
If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.
Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.
Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.
The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black
Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5
Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.
Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.
It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.
The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.
Xiaomi Pad 5, Mi Smart Projector 2 go official
Along with other AIoT products
Xiaomi has always been rich with AIoT products. You need it, they have it. And now they’ve expanded their lineup even further with Xiaomi Pad 5 and Mi Smart Projector 2 just to name a few.
Xiaomi Pad 5
Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.
Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.
Mi Smart Projector 2
If you wanna enjoy media on a larger screen than the 11-inch Xiaomi Pad 5, you can consider getting the Mi Smart Projector 2.
It has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution in a compact size. It’s a handy, portable, plug and play device with Dolby Audio support. The device can quickly project a perfectly square screen on most walls. It also runs on a certified Android TV system with built-in Google Assistant.
Mi Smart Band 6 NFC
Xiaomi takes its latest smart band further by adding NFC. It still has all the monitoring tools you know and love like SpO2 function, sleep tracker, and stress-level detection. And all the workout and exercise functions are still present.
What’s new with NFC? Xiaomi collaborated with Mastercard with a focus on contactless payment. Payments can now be fast, secure, and convenient. No need to pullout your card or cash. It now also has Amazon Alexa built-in.
Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack)
Having connection problems at home. Have no fear, the Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 is here. Two of them. It offers a strong and reliable Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 network coverage of up to 4,000 sq.ft. It also supports a maximum number of connections up to 254 devices.
Pricing and availability
The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available in two colors: Cosmic Gray and Pearl White.
Xiaomi Pad 5
- 6GB+128GB — EUR 349
- 6GB+256GB — EUR 399
Mi Smart Projector 2 — EUR 599
Mi Smart Band 6 NFC — EUR 54.9
Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack) — EUR 149
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