Coolest and most useful tech finds in Taipei



I may not be the most techie person on the team, but like others on the GadgetMatch team, I appreciate gadgets and accessories that make my life easier.

The funny thing about technology is that sometimes, you don’t even realize you need them until you get to try them — or in my case, until I stumbled upon all of them beautiful things at Computex, Asia’s annual PC and tech expo. Three days of walking around exhibitions that display the newest (and shiniest) technology available awakened new technological needs in me.

In no particular order, they are:

This pink bonnet that will keep my head warm and play music at the same time

Because god forbid I’d have to listen to music from actual wired earphones! The bonnet connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and then all’s good in the listening department. They also come in many different colors and styles.

Hello Kitty storage that can be plugged into your iPhone

PhotoFast microSD card reader and USB

Let’s stop pretending that 128GB is enough for the hundreds of snaps and selfies we take everyday. This tiny device allows you to store or transfer data from or to your iPhone without any fuss. Plus, they’re Hello Kitty, so who can say no to that? (If you say “me,” I will judge you forever.)

Phone accessories with the cutest characters

I may not know who (or what) these characters are exactly, but they are definitely cute.

Gugu & Momo accessories

The bright, cheery theme of this line of accessories had me wanting every single case and cord they sold.

A sleek iPhone case that’s actually also a powerbank

Instead of carrying around your bulky powerbank, imagine just having this case.

Prologium iPhone case

Admittedly, this is not one of the “cuter” items on the list, but in terms of functionality, it certainly trumps others. (A girl has got to be practical sometimes!)

This case packs an extra charge cycle for your iPhone. The demo showed me that the case is powered by paper-thin battery packs that are water- and tear-proof, although honestly, all I cared about at this point was I wanted the case for myself.

These unknowing storage critters!

These characters are actually storage devices equipped with a Lightning pin and USB jack.

Dog Drive from 3DWIND Technology

I’d buy these things just for being the cute critters they are. The fact they can store data is just an added plus.

Whatever this awesome Donkey Kong setup is

I was told that this is a PC case mod. The awesomeness of it all is that it’s a working computer.

Now, I’m not necessarily a PC user, but things can change and it’s Donkey Kong. I mean, look at it!

I came to Taipei on a work assignment, I come home wanting/needing more gadgets and accessories. Now, excuse me as I scope out more of these amazing finds.

SEE MORE: Computex 2017



Wacom introduces new ‘significantly upgraded’ Intuos pen tablet

Technologically and ergonomically improved



Wacom introduced a new, “significantly upgraded” Intuos pen tablet. With it, creative hobbyists can enjoy improved accuracy and enhanced navigation capabilities. It also comes with bundled software for drawing, painting, and photo editing.

Fresh hardware

Like previous models, the new Intuos pen tablet retains the same active tablet area. However, it now has a smaller footprint and lighter weight. It also has a built-in pen tray, four express keys, LED indicator, and built-in wireless Bluetooth integration on some models.

Meanwhile, the Intuos pen uses Wacom’s battery-free EMR technology and boasts 4,096 levels of pressure sensitivity. It has an improved ergonomic design with increased weight and soft touch grip area. Additionally, it comes with an in-pen nib compartment, and of course, a nib extractor.

Free Software

Users can download US$ 160 worth of graphics software upon purchase, which includes Corel Painter Essentials 6 for design and illustration, Clip Studio Paint Pro for comic and manga creation (UMD Paint Pro in China), and Corel AfterShot 3 for photo editing.

Pricing and Availability

The new Wacom Intuos pen tablet is available in small and medium sizes. The Wacom Intuos Small without Bluetooth retails for US$ 79 and comes in charcoal black, with an option to download from one of the three software choices mentioned.

The Wacom Intuos Small and Intuos Medium with Bluetooth come in charcoal black, pistachio green, and berry pink (in some regions). This Intuos Small model retailing for US$ 99 has an option to download two out of three software, and the Intuos Medium costs US$ 199 and can download all three software for free.

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Sony Xperia Ear Duo are wireless headsets reimagined

Hand gestures, head gestures, and voice activated



Sony just announced their latest headset accessory: the Xperia Ear Duo. It features what they call Dual Listening technology. Think of it as the anti-thesis to noise-canceling ear pieces where you can listen in on your surroundings while your earphones deliver great sound. Sony updated their headsets to accompany their two new flagship smartphones: the Sony Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact.

Sony’s Xperia Ear Duo has a feature called Spatial Acoustic Conductor which generates sound behind the ear through the unit´s driver, transmitting sound directly into the ear. The headsets run with Sony’s SPRITZER chip, an advanced multi-sensor platform, with contextual sensing and automatic activity recognition. The device basically keeps up with time, location, and tasks to keep you up to date on important news, notifications, and reminders.

As expected, the Xperia Ear Duo sustains the previous features of motion and voice control — with support for either Google Assistant or Siri. The advanced sensors allow you to control incoming calls by nodding; shuffle music by shaking your head; and adjust the volume by tapping and scrolling on the device. Sony says you’ll be able to enjoy up to four hours of uninterrupted use on a single charge. Luckily, the compact case doubles as a charger and offers a fast charging feature which, Sony boasts, gives users two hours of listening time with just twelve minutes of charging.

It will be available for US$ 280 this Spring in sleek Black or Gold. You can pre-order the headset starting today.

SEE ALSO: Mobile World Congress will be different in 2018

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Alcatel introduces their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices

You should get these if you want the speed



TCL just announced their fastest LTE mobile broadband devices under the Alcatel brand. Two new mobile hotspots join the brand’s Linkzone series — the Linkzone Cat12 and the Linkzone Cat7.

The Alcatel Linkzone Cat12 has maximum download speeds of up to 600Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps, but that’s if your telco supports 3-channel LTE carrier aggregation. It’s also one of the smallest pocket Wi-Fi models in the market, but it still has a massive 4300mAh battery. Alcatel claims that the Linkzone Cat12 can deliver 15 straight hours of usage or up to 300 hours of standby time. The device has dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11ac and can also act as a power bank for other mobile devices.

Then there’s the Alcatel Linkzone Cat7 which might not be as fast as the Cat12 but still has respectable download speeds of up to 300Mbps and upload speeds of 100Mbps using 2-channel LTE carrier aggregation. The mobile Wi-Fi is pocketable, lightweight, and can last for 8 hours on a single charge.

The Linkzone Cat12 and Linkzone Cat7 from Alcatel will be available in select regions around the world starting later this year at EUR 180 (US$ 220) and EUR 100 (US$ 125), respectively.

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