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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 is likely working on a midrange AirPods Pro

Coming mid-2020

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Have you bought into the wireless earbuds trend? Despite performing at a lesser capacity than wired earphones, wireless earbuds have infiltrated every major player in the tech industry. Currently, Apple, Huawei, and Samsung all sell their own variant of the growing market.

Now, Apple looks to expand their own catalog even further. According to Chinese publication Digitimes, the AirPods maker is developing a budget-friendly version of last year’s AirPods Pro — the AirPods Pro Lite.

Supposedly, Universal Scientific Industrial (USI), a Taiwan-based manufacturer will likely acquire orders from Apple for the upcoming device. The Taiwanese company is working with other manufacturers from China and the US to fulfill the orders.

According to the report, the AirPods Pro Lite will arrive sometime in the middle of the year. However, given the current situation in China, the device’s development might run into a few delays, especially if Apple pursues China-based manufacturers.

Because of the name, the AirPods Pro Lite will likely carry a price tag between the regular AirPods and the premium AirPods Pro. That puts it around US$ 199.

Despite being an accessory, the AirPods lineup is still one of Apple’s most successful products in the current generation. Of course, it helps that the audio accessory almost comes as a requirement for iPhone users.

SEE ALSO: Unboxing the Apple AirPods Pro

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Sony’s WF-H800 h.ear in TWS headphones offer rich sound

Available in five colors

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Already a leader in noise-cancelling headphones, Sony is offering something a little different in the true wireless headpones department — the Sony WF-H800 h.ear in headphones.

One of the first easily noticeable things is how the WF-H800 is available in five colors: red, orange, green, blue, and black.

Noticeably missing is the active noise-cancellation feature. However, it makes up for it with other Sony staple-features, primarily the 360 reality audio. The effect of which can only be truly felt once you experience it for yourself.

It also has a 6mm dynamic driver to deliver a wide range of audio frequencies as well as a feature Sony calls DSEE HX or Digital Sound Enhancement Engine. This tech restores the high-range sound that’s lost in compression. It reproduces digital music files with rich, natural sound.

It’s also lightweight and designed to fit your ears perfectly. The WF-H800 promises up to eight hours of music playback plus another eight hours with the carrying case giving you a total of 16 hours. Additionally, 10 minutes of charge time will give you up to 70 minutes of listening time.

Just like other Sony headphones, these are compatible with both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa.

Price and availability

The Sony WF-H800 will be available at selected Sony Stores, Sony Centers, Sony authorized dealers and the official Sony store on Lazada from March 2020. It will retail for SG$ 299.

SEE ALSO: Sony WF-1000XM3 review: Masterclass in noise cancellation

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Samsung Galaxy Buds+ levels up battery, sound quality

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With the the headphone port nowhere to be found on the Galaxy S20 series comes a pair of improved true wireless earbuds — the Samsung Galaxy Buds+.

It’s a step up from last year’s Galaxy Buds. While last year’s version promised 6 hours of listening time, the Galaxy Buds+ takes it up to 11 hours on a single charge. You also get another 11 hours with the charging case.

In terms of sound quality, these are still tuned by AKG. It employs 2-way dynamic speakers and 3 mics to deliver better sound and voice quality

Inside the box you’ll also find a variety of wing and ear tips so you get the fit and comfort that’s made just for you.

It doesn’t have the noise-cancelling chip that you’ll find on the true wireless earbuds offered by Sony, Apple, and Huawei. Its approach to noise-cancelling has to do more with its physical design and rather than a tiny chip.

Speaking of its design, it retains the form factor of the original Galaxy Buds — which is great since it doesn’t look anything like the AirPods which many other manufacturers have taken a cue from. Speaking of Apple, if you’re not a fan of the AirPods’ design, you’ll be happy to know that the Galaxy Buds+, along with its companion app, will be compatible with iOS devices.

Availability

The Samsung Galaxy Buds+ will be available in Cosmic Black, White, Red, and Cloud Blue, starting February 14, 2020 on Samsung.com, followed by major mobile carriers and retailers on March 6, 2020 and will retail for US$ 149.

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