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Best Black Friday game deals

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It’s been said before — many times before — but it’s hard to overstate: Shop for games in bulk, when prices are at their cheapest. Do your shopping during the festive seasons, and avoid full-priced games like a plague if you want to stretch your dollar furthest.

Today, it’s as good a day as any to open your wallet wide. Sony, Microsoft, Nintendo, Steam, and a few others are getting into the Black Friday spirit, offering some of 2016’s top releases, alongside a slew of smash hits on the cheap.

There’s a lot to comb through — thousands of games are currently on sale. To save you the trouble of Googling and wading through a thick, muddy bog of search results, we thought it’d be best to give you a preview of some of the hottest discounts on digital games available online.

And there’s still plenty more to come over the next few days and weeks. So check back with your favorite gaming platform for updates.

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Xbox Store deals (for Xbox One; note: prices are for Xbox Live Gold members only)

  • Batman: Arkham Knight Premium Edition for $16 (save 60 percent)
  • Battlefield 1 Deluxe Edition + Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle for $75 (save 50 percent)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition GOTY Edition for $16 (save 60 percent)
  • Forza Horizon 3 for $39 (save 35 percent)
  • Gears of War 4 for $36 (save 40 percent)
  • Grand Theft Auto V for $30 (save 50 percent)
  • Hitman The Complete First Season for $30 (save 50 percent)
  • Mafia 3 for $42 (save 30 percent)
  • Overwatch: Origins Edition for $36 (save 40 percent)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for $30 (save 45 percent)
  • XCOM 2 for $39 (save 35 percent)

While the Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 bundle certainly stands out, the Xbox Store offers legitimately great deals on some of the best-reviewed Xbox One titles of 2016, including The Witcher 3, Gears of War 4, and Forza Horizon 3.

Sale ends November 28.

Nintendo eShop deals

3DS

  • Fire Emblem Awakening for $20 (from $40)
  • Hyrule Warriors Legends for $28 (from $40)
  • Monster Hunter Generations for $24 (from $40)
  • The Legend of Zelda for $3 (from $5)

Wii U

  • Kirby Mass Attack for $5 (from $10)
  • Star Fox: Zero for $35 (from $50)
  • Super Mario Galaxy 2 for $10 (from $20)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for $35 (from $50)

Nintendo has several console-defining originals that can be had on the cheap. If you haven’t bought them yet, for whatever excuse, now is the best time to do so, if you’re still interested in trying them out. Waiting for the next-gen Switch console to drop in March next year seems like a better use of one’s time and resources.

Sale ends December 5.

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PlayStation Store deals (for PS4; most discounted prices are for PlayStation Plus members)

  • Batman: Arkham Knight for $10 (from $20)
  • Far Cry Primal for $15 (from $60)
  • Hitman The Complete First Season for $30 (from $60)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Game of the Year Edition for $8 (from $20)
  • MLB The Show 16 for $15 (from $20)
  • Overwatch: Origins Edition for $35 (from $60)
  • Star Wars Battlefront for $7.50 (from $30)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Complete Edition for $25 (from $50)

Far Cry Primal for $15 is practically a steal. We also wouldn’t mind paying $10 for Arkham Knight, or $8 for Shadow of Mordor, if we hadn’t already gotten them under our collective belt.

Sale ends on November 29.

Steam Autumn Sale (for PC)

  • Batman franchise (up to 75 percent off)
  • Civilization franchise (up to 92 percent off)
  • Far Cry franchise (up to 75 percent off)
  • Grand Theft Auto franchise (up to 70 percent off)
  • Just Cause franchise (up to 82 percent off)
  • The Elder Scrolls franchise (up to 73 percent off)
  • Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare for $40 (33 percent off)
  • Dark Souls 3 for $39 (35 percent off)
  • I Am Setsuna for $27 (33 percent off)
  • Quantum Break for $30 (25 percent off)
  • Tom Clancy’s The Division for $13.50 (50 percent off)

Steam is the most popular gaming client for PCs, and it offers a huge selection of discounted video games — far too many to list here. If you don’t see anything you like, don’t worry; Steam will hold another sale next month. Maybe by then you’ll find something special, worthy of hours of your time.

Sale ends November 30.

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GOG Black Friday Sale (for PC)

  • Banished for $5 (75 percent off)
  • Divinity: Original Sin Enhanced Edition for $20 (50 percent off)
  • Grim Dawn for $15 (45 percent off)
  • Inside for $15 (25 percent off)
  • Kerbal Space Program for $24 (40 percent off)
  • Limbo for $2 (80 percent off)
  • No Man’s Sky for $36 (40 percent off)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 for $30 (25 percent off)
  • S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise (up to 75 percent off)

In addition to the sweet deals above, GOG is giving away free digital downloads of Limbo to those who connect their Steam account to their GOG account.

Sale ends November 27.

Origin Super Sale (for PC)

  • Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 Deluxe Bundle for $75 (save 50 percent)
  • FIFA 17 for $36 (save 40 percent)
  • Mass Effect Trilogy for $15 (save 50 percent)
  • Mirror’s Edge Catalyst for $16 (save 60 percent)
  • Need for Speed for $15 (save 63 percent)
  • Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare 2: Standard Edition for $10 (save 75 percent)
  • Star Wars Battlefront for $15 (save 50 percent)
  • SimCity for $5 (save 75 percent)
  • The Sims 4 for $10 (save 75 percent)

If you’ve missed out on some great EA titles for PC, Origin serves you plenty of opportunity to get caught up.

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Green Man Gaming Black Friday Sale (for PC)

  • Civilization 6 for $54 (save 10 percent)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition for $11 (save 45 percent)
  • Dishonored 2 for $48 (save 20 percent)
  • Eve Online Core Starter Pack for $5 (save 75 percent)
  • Fallout 4 for $19 (save 67 percent)
  • Grand Theft Auto V for $30 (save 50 percent)
  • Kerbal Space Program for $24 (save 40 percent)
  • Mafia 3 for $42 (save 30 percent)
  • Street Fighter V for $29 (save 50 percent)

As a bonus for shopping during Black Friday week, Green Man Gaming will take an extra 10 percent off of every purchase of participating games. Use promo code BLACKFRIDAY10 at checkout. Every sale also gets you a free random game from the Green Man Gaming catalog, so it’s a win-win.

Humble Store 2K Games Sale (for PC)

  • Battleborn for $20 (67 percent off)
  • NBA 2K17 for $42 (30 percent off)
  • XCOM 2 for $30 (50 percent off)

XCOM 2 is one of the best tactics games ever made, and it’s now up for grabs on the Humble Store for half of its original price. For those who fancy a fix of basketball, NBA 2K17 is at its lowest ever price, coming right in time as the NBA season starts to get interesting.

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Huawei nova 8i: Huawei’s awesome SUPER midranger

An awesome midrange comeback

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Midrange smartphones have been the middle ground for people who want the premium of a higher end smartphone but don’t want to burn their pockets. Huawei gives in to this demand and claims the title of midrange king as they dethrone all other midrangers with their new nova 8 series — the nova 8 and nova 8i.

Here, we’ll put the spotlight on the Huawei nova 8i.

Build and design

Inheriting the Huawei P Series’ signature stylish aesthetic, the Huawei nova 8i has a fancy and premium design. It is slim, sleek, and has exquisite curved edges, which makes it really easy to grip.

Checking out its back, you’ll definitely notice the quad camera setup that’s surprisingly not bulky at all. It also has a noticeable resemblance with the Huawei Mate 30. But we’ll talk more about the cameras later on.

What also caught our attention is the gradient finish of this Moonlight Silver variant that we have which is absolutely stunning.

Fantastic display

The Huawei nova 8i has an edgeless 6.67-inch display with ultra-narrow bezels around it. This results in an immersive viewing experience for browsing your social media pages or watching your favorite music videos.

The Huawei nova 8i also sports full HD+ resolution and DCI-P3 color gamut, giving us that rich and vibrant color reproduction. Once again, Huawei taps on Tuv Rheinland for certification on low blue light emittance to ensure eye comfort for long hours of work and play. It also has a natural tone feature which automatically adjusts the colors on the display depending on your surroundings.

Gaming

Just as you would expect from a midrange phone, gaming is also something you can do with the nova 8i. With its 180Hz touch sampling rate, your favorite mobile games feel very responsive, making the gaming experience really enjoyable.

When you’re deep into gaming, the last thing you want is to be interrupted by a call or message. Well, you don’t have to worry about that since the Huawei nova 8i has a gaming assistant. You can enable settings so you won’t be disrupted and you can indulge yourself fully to the game.

But the experience is not the only thing that’s fast with the nova 8i. The 66W Huawei SuperCharge can juice up this phone up to 68 percent in just 20 minutes and can fully charge it in just 38 minutes. You can literally stare at your phone as your battery indicator rises.

Cameras

Here’s where the fun part starts. Cameras: 64MP f/1.9 main, 8MP f/2.4 ultra-wide, 2MP f/2.4 macro, 2MP f/2.4 depth, 16MP f/2.0 selfie.

The nova 8i has a quad camera setup with a 64MP main camera which uses a big 1/1.7-inch CMOS sensor. It means its camera sensor has the ability to let in more light. This results to a cleaner image and better low light performance.

And we’re telling you, this sensor is not messing around.

It lets you capture the highest resolution images you could probably ever need. Different from the usual software upscaled images typically seen on an ordinary smartphone. This gives you the capability to zoom in and crop your captured image yet still maintain a tremendous amount of details.

With the powerful cameras that the nova 8i has, you can definitely maximize its features to create your content whether just for leisure, a passion project, or social media content for your business.

EMUI and multitasking

As for its software, the Huawei nova 8i runs on EMUI 11 bringing in a bunch of convenient features that boosts your efficiency. For one, if you’re someone who loves multitasking, the multi-window feature is perfect as it lets you operate multiple apps on your screen.

Speaking of apps, Huawei’s app gallery is loaded with great ones from top shopping apps like Shopee and Lazada, to the most trending ones like TikTok.

And if in case you’re having trouble finding the app for you, Petal Search has got you covered. Just type in the app or whatever it is you’re looking for and Petal Search looks it up for you on different sources making sure you get the absolute best results.

Taking screenshots has never been this easy. You can do so by just swiping down using three fingers.

And for security, a new safe sharing feature has been included on the nova 8i. We now get the option to delete information of your phone and other details before sharing your photos or screenshots.

nova 8i — easy to recommend

Jam packed with features, the nova 8i just enables you to do so much. From capturing great photos and videos to having a seamless gaming and online experience, the nova 8i is an easy phone to recommend. At its price point, it is truly worthy of its crown.

The Huawei nova 8i retails for PhP 13,999. It’s available via online Huawei Store, Lazada, Shopee and Huawei experience stores.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and Huawei Philippines.

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Apple 2021 iPad mini Unboxing and Review

Is this the iPad for you?

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After two years, Apple has finally changed the look of the iPad mini!

Gone are the thick bezels and home button in favor of a trendy fullscreen look a la iPad Pro and iPad Air.

Having a smaller form factor doesn’t mean it’s less powerful. While not as powerful as the M1 iPad Pro, the new iPad mini still has an A15 Bionic that’s similar to the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro series. It surely is a step ahead over last year’s iPad Air.

It may not have the most advanced Face ID system, but Touch ID still lives on — now found on its power button.

But are these features enough to make you buy one? Or do you still want the bigger screen of the iPad Air?

Head over to our 2021 iPad mini review to know which iPad is your GadgetMatch.

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Things to consider before going back to school

The ASUS-BR1100F is here to ease schoolwork worries

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Going back to school was always something that I’ve considered after just finishing 16 years of formal education. When it’s all you know, it can be daunting to go out and find a job. You don’t have papers or deadlines to lure you into patterns of deflection from what you truly want to do in life. That aside though, I think education can be a privilege and when you’ve got the chance to develop and hone skills, you should!

Context

I’ve been thinking a lot about furthering my education in baking. Pre-pandemic, I had already dabbled into baking cookies and brownies for friends and family. And, well, amidst the pandemic, you can pretty much guess what kept me busy locked indoors. Despite some funding issues during lockdown, I found baking as a crafty way to share food with people close to me.

Long story short, my mom recently has asked me to look into going back to school and get my butt into a pastry school. But, there’s a lot I had to consider before hopping straight in. Luckily, I had the ASUS BR1100F to ease my schoolwork worries. Here are a few things I took into consideration before going back!

Do I really need this?

Okay, this is pretty much a tangent concern when funding is an issue. If money grew on trees and plants we collected over multiple lockdowns, bish would have her money. But, sadly that’s not how money works.

Formal education is important but, if it’s going back to school after finishing the whole 16 years shebang, you might want to weigh the pros and cons of going back. What for and where do you want it to take you?

Start asking WHY

Formal education in my case isn’t necessary. I’ve done the poopoo long-run just not in culinary school. But, if you’re still in school and getting bombarded with existential crises amidst schoolwork, you might want to take note that your why is a moving target.

That goes with most things in life. Everyone is capable of change whether by circumstance, mindset, or overall personhood.

You might not even have a why and you’re just riding the wave of societal norms of shoved-into-your-face formal education. That’s fine. Having a why can be a good way to get through the nitty-gritty of requirements and finals.

But, if you’re just getting by, maybe consider asking yourself the uncomfortable questions to save yourself wasted time when you feel like you’re in it for the wrong reasons.

Do I have everything I need?

Formal education takes money, time, and a ton of work. But, to top all the absolute absurd long list of things to have ready, (in today’s climate) students need a laptop or tablet to hop into online classes.

As someone potentially going back into student life, it can be tempting to ask for more than what’s necessary for schoolwork. But, it’s always good to start with basics.

You really don’t have to double your tuition on something you want when you can get everything you need. Like, the ASUS BR1100F. It has a stunning touch screen 11.6-inch LCD display that’s perfect for online classes, homework, and play.

The ASUS-BR1100F hit simple, functional, and durable on the nail. It’s decked out with rubber bumper on all corners so bumps and drops can let your laptop work fine, scot free. It’s even built to surpass demanding US military-grade MIL-STD-810H durability standards.

Start with basics

Cue infomercial but-wait-there’s-more. Remember when I said to start with basics? Well, the ASUS-BR1100F not only gives you the basics, but it lets you build on it. It has a modular design that allows key components, like the keyboard, battery, thermal module, and I/O ports, to be replaceable.

The laptop has a 360° hinge, a built-in stylus, and two-camera set-up—delivering on tablet to laptop multi-use realness. Thinking storage? The ASUS BR1100F comes with up to 128GB of eMMC storage built right in. Plus, its got an M.2 SSD slot for optional storage of up to 1 TB—giving you plenty room for readings, paperwork, and creative projects.

Have what you need, build towards what you want

The ASUS BR1100F is a good start. It delivers on everything every student needs to get schoolwork sorted out. Plus, gives you breathing space for an absolute klutz with military-grade durability. If I had this when I was starting out, this would have been great.

I would have everything I needed to get schoolwork done and the silly stylus to doodle to stay sane. If you’re a student or a parent looking for a reliable laptop that works as a tablet too, this is a must-buy for you. The ASUS BR1100F has a price tag of PhP 20,695.

If that’s a little over your budget, you can also consider the ASUS BR1100C. It runs pretty much on the same specs. The only things you’ll be missing are the 360 flip function, it isn’t touch screen, there’s no stylus included, and there’s no world-facing camera. Just the basics. It retails for PhP 17,295.

You can buy these at Shopee or any of the ASUS Authorized Commercial Partners listed here.

ASUS Education Partnership Program

For schools and institutions, ASUS has an Education School Partnership Program where the company can give incentives when they purchase ASUS Systems products. The program has multiple development fund tiers and should benefit anyone involved in the education sector. More details here.


This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.

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