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The cutest gadgets in Asia’s biggest tech expo!

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Computex is Asia’s biggest computer expo, but that doesn’t mean that only techies will get to enjoy this five-day spectacle. 

Spanning five days and housing a total of 5,010 booths spread out in four exhibition areas, the tech extravaganza offers highlights not only for the tech-savvy or the tech-involved, but also for those inclined towards the lovable stuff.

Cute gadget finds are everywhere at the forum, and so, I decided to round up our top five. They are:

Keyboard and mouse sets with character!

Like, literal characters!

Japanese cultural phenomenon (and all-around cutie pie) Gudetama graced this keyboard and mouse — a combo I never realized I needed, until now.

These Line character mouse and keyboard sets were just adorable. Look at that and tell me you don’t want that!

Colorful powerbanks

They come in all shapes and sizes…

… including your favorite emojis (because emojis are always relevant ??).

Lego keyboards

Literal Legos, you can build these things and take them apart — all on your keyboard.

These i-Rocks keyboards can be customized according to your preference, should your preference be The Simpsons

… Hello Kitty…

… or whoever cute Princess this may be. These keyboards also light up with each press. There definitely were buttons that were pressed in the making of this article.

Speakers as adorable as these critters

These speakers are just so cute, I want them even without having ever listened to them.

There were doe-eyed unicorns, dinosaurs, owls, and even full-bodied kitties and pandas.

These adorable things allow for wired and Bluetooth connectivity but really, I couldn’t care less about what they did if they’re this cute.

Fun travel adapters!

Who says functional can’t be fun?

These Onlink cubes are actually travel adapters that would leave you needing nothing else when you’re on the road.

Equipped with different plugs and multiple ports, this nifty gadget makes sure you’re fully compatible with, well, everything.

It’s only Day 1 of Computex and this much awesomeness has presented itself to willing audiences (like me). I’m definitely looking forward to the coming days. You should, too!

SEE MORE: Things I’m excited to see at Computex 2017

 

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Official Samsung Galaxy S9 cases are now available including a Hyperknit cover

All are looking good!

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We’re just a week away from the official announcement of the Galaxy S9 from Samsung, but its official cases just can’t wait anymore.

With all the leaks we’ve seen and read about all over the internet, we already know everything about the physical looks of the Galaxy S9. It’s supposedly not much different compared to its predecessor, aside from the fingerprint reader placement at back. With probably the same fragile glass body, how do we protect it? Here’s a preview of the official cases from Samsung.

Fabric is the new thing in tech nowadays. If the luxurious Alcantara cases aren’t enough, the Galaxy S9 will also have Hyperknit covers in red or gray. There’s another cloth case with a flap on the front and shows time when closed.

The usual high-quality silicone cases will also be available and they’ll come in pink, black, and gray. The coverage of the silicone cases is the same as the Hyperknit’s sans the sporty-looking fabric cover.

The staple Clear View Stand cases will be on sale as usual. So far, there are three confirmed colors: gold, purple, and blue.

The source link below directs to the listing of MobileFun along with the corresponding prices of these and others like the new Alcantara cases but they don’t have available images as of writing.

Source: MobileFun

SEE ALSO: Samsung Galaxy S9 Preview Video

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Sony WH-1000XM2 hands-on: A new experience

Old tracks feel new when you listen on these headphones

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Using the Sony WH-1000XM2 is an experience I didn’t know I needed until I put them on. I felt a sort of transformation in myself and in the kind of headphones I look for.

Disclaimer checklist before we proceed:

  1. I’m not an audio expert.
  2. This isn’t a full review.
  3. I’m just sharing the experience — which is really something else.

It was love both at first sight and sound. The Sony WH-1000XM2 is a sleek stunner, especially this particular unit we’re testing. It’s black all over with only the Sony logo and left and right ear indicators as the parts that are colored.

The power button and noise cancellation/ambient button, as well as the 3.5mm port, all have labels, too. Although I did wish there was some sort of highlight, a little colored part around these buttons and the port so they’re easier to find would’ve been great.

That aside, it looks great, but of course you want to know more about how it performs, right?

Noise Cancellation

I’m actually wearing the headphones as I write this. Not because I want to listen to music, but because it helps a lot in drowning out the background noise. It’s great for when you want to focus and don’t have immediate access to a quiet room.

Trying to look serious while writing

You don’t have to remove the headphones to turn off noise cancellation. You can either put your right hand over the right ear to allow ambient noise or press the noise cancellation/ambient button on the left side.

However, to truly appreciate what this baby can do, I strongly suggest listening to some pretty darn good tracks.

Familiar songs transform

I’m the type who enjoys an hour or two just sitting or lying down somewhere, quietly listening and really absorbing songs. If you’re like me, you will absolutely love the Sony WH-1000XM2.

That’s exactly what I did one night after I got these headphones. (And a few more nights, if I’m being completely honest.) It felt like experiencing the songs again for the first time. These headphones had me feeling so fly, I actually turned into a white guy. See photo below:

I put the headphones on and suddenly turn into this white dude

Suddenly, older tracks like “Summer Romance (Anti-Gravity Love Song)” by Incubus — which I have listened to countless times before —  felt new again.

I turned up Craig David’s “7 Days” and my sexy meter suddenly went off the charts. So much so that I felt like I could ask anyone out and they would say yes! I did that. Didn’t go well, but that’s a story for another time.

Old tracks feel new

I wanted to know what more it could do to certain songs. I remembered listening to some that had the feel of the sound traveling from left to right, vice versa, and then just all around your head.

I crowdsourced on Facebook and Twitter for songs of this nature and my friends did not disappoint. I didn’t expect to get classic, old-school rock suggestions but those dominated the suggestions.

Tracks like “Black Dog” and “Stairway to Heaven” by Led Zeppelin, “Come Together” by The Beatles, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen straight up took me home. These are songs I often listened to as a child who had absolutely no clue what these people were singing about.

“Stairway to Heaven,” with the acoustic guitar intro starting off from your left ear and then just an echo of it from your right just before the mellotron flute comes in will touch you in ways you didn’t realize you could be touched.

Just me enjoying all these classic tracks

“Bohemian Rhapsody” was a strong recommendation by several friends. Apparently, it’s one of the best songs to listen to when you’re testing whatever audio device, so always have this on your phone. It didn’t disappoint. The song, listened to with the Sony WH-1000XM2, feels as powerful as ever.

When it gets to the “Galileo” part, that’s when it gets really interesting. Close your eyes and you’ll feel as if you’re surrounded by the band as they play the entire thing in all its glory.

If you decide to give these headphones a spin, I put the recommended songs in a playlist. It’s mostly rock and roll tracks but I put a few handpicked anime songs there if you’re into that.

You should also try this “Love is in the air” playlist, specially since it’s the love month and all.

Other bells and whistles

I forgot to mention that I felt all of that while listening via Bluetooth. The sound quality is insanely crispy — imagine if I had used the cable that came with it. My mind might have been blown in an instant.

The Sony WH-1000XM2 also comes with a carrying case. It neatly fits the headphones inside, as well as the cable.

A carrying case as neat as the headphones

The headphones also have non-visible controls on the right ear panel. Great idea, but it didn’t work as well as I had hoped. Often times when I was trying to skip to the next track, I would wonder why the music stopped playing. Turns out, it paused instead of skipping.

The controls and gestures might take a while to get used to but during my test, I never really gravitated towards using them. I would mostly adjust the volume or skip a track on my phone or laptop.

Video editing, podcasts, video games

I switched back to my normal self once I started using the headphones for work.

No longer a white dude, but still kinda cute. Violent reactions go straight to the comments section

The ear-opening, near-mind-boggling experience listening to music translates well to other tasks. I could clearly hear any unnatural sound from what I was editing which made applying changes easier for me.

I also played NBA 2K18 and Shadow of the Colossus with these headphones on. It was funny hearing the players’ voices better while on the court. Shadow of the Colossus is a pretty quiet game but has great scoring as it changes moods from when you’re just wandering to when you’re trying to take down a colossus. With the headphones on, you really feel the intensity of the battle and it helps get you on your toes and immerse you in what you’re playing.

Final thoughts

If I had my way, I would keep the Sony WH-1000XM2 all to myself. As someone who works with video and audio a lot, and someone who enjoys sitting back and just absorbing good music, this is the exact pair of headphones I would want.

No, I didn’t actually turn into a white guy, in case that’s something that got you confused

They sound great, look amazing, and battery power lasted long! I only had to charge once in about a week. That’s considering I used the headphones a lot for both work and play.

As far as wireless, noise-canceling headphones are concerned, the Sony WH-1000XM2 set the bar high for me.

SEE ALSO: No strings attached: Sony H.ear On

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ASUS ROG has a new accessories collection for 2018

Gamer-oriented bags and shirts

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For the new year, having the sleekest, high-powered gaming rig isn’t enough anymore. You have to pair it with accessories that’ll match the ideal gamer look and protect your investments.

The Republic of Gamers brand of ASUS has a new lifestyle collection for 2018, and it’s as bold as you’d expect from the iconic ROG aesthetic.

ROG Ranger Messenger

This is the gamer-centric bag you want when you’re always on the go with your gaming laptop. The 1260D Gucci polyester is both water- and scratch-resistant, able to keep your gear safe from outside harm no matter where you end up.

The ergonomic sling is designed to be comfy, and there are additional side straps available for when different carrying scenarios such as while biking or walking. Open it up, and you have a wide selection of padded compartments to choose from.

ROG Shuttle Backpack II

If you want something longer, tougher, and comfy on your back, the ROG Shuttle Backpack II is your best bet. It has a stronger construction that repels water and keeps your belongings well secured.

That’s made possible with the extra padded interior so you’ll never have to worry about it tipping over and damaging your precious laptop. Speaking of which, a notebook as large as 17 inches can fit inside — no machine or accessory is too big for this backpack!

There’s even a secure pocket on the lower-back cushion, dedicated to the safety of your most valuable possessions.

ROG XRanger Backpack

Need an even bigger backpack with all the space in the world? The ROG XRanger Backpack can fit the most demanding gadgets and then some.

A heavily padded compartment is good for a laptop as large as 17 inches, and there’s enough space for an additional keyboard you’d want to take along. Go deeper inside, and you’ll find pockets to place your headset, mouse, and other accessories.

The outer shell is solid too, thanks to sturdy yet nicely cushioned shoulder straps and ventilated back panels. If you look closely, you’ll find a hidden security pocket for a wallet, smartphone, or any other valuable you need quick access to.

ROG Collection Shirts

Available in sizes XS to XL, the Game On and Mechanic shirts of the ROG collection show off the brand’s stylish gamer style while being comfortable at the same time with their 100 percent cotton material. These are the clothing apparel you need to complete your look!

You can find all these at ROG Concept Stores in SM Megamall, SM North EDSA, SM Mall of Asia, and SM City Cebu.

Need more convincing? Watch this ROG collection in action right here:


This feature was produced in collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS

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