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5 grooming accessories that should be in every man’s arsenal

Present your best self!



Most men forget that your best self is your greatest asset. It can help you reach your goals if you know how to present yourself well. You just need to groom yourself properly so you look put together.

Gone are the days of raunchy, rugged looks that every man of the previous centuries needs to sport. Men should be as invested in grooming themselves just as much as women religiously do their beauty regimens.

So if you want to level up your looks or if you just want to feel good about yourself, here are a few gadgets and accessories that every man must have in their arsenal.

Face and body hair trimmer

Ever dream of having stubbles that look sexy at glance? A facial styler is what you need and Philips has it. The Norelco OneBlade Face + Body trims, edges, and shaves any length of hair.

If you’re opting for a clean shave or you want to leave a few hairs, it has a set of combs in different lengths to aid you in your grooming sessions. Cut your facial and body hair precisely in the shower, without worrying about nicks and cuts. And oh, its replaceable blade is so durable it can last up to four months.

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Trimmer for down under

The longer the hair in your pubic area, the easier for bacteria to cling up due to the build-up of sweat. If the idea of waxing your pubes and hair down under hurts, a trimmer designed for private parts might be the best solution.

Meridian’s The Trimmer is waterproof, rust-resistant, and comes with a replaceable ceramic blade that handles both coarse and curly hair — without the displeasing feeling of tugging and pulling. You can easily trim your hair and look good below the belt.

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Facial cleansing brush

Take your skincare to the next level. When you apply your facial cleanser, opt for a cleansing brush like the Foreo Luna for Men. With its T-Sonic pulsations, it helps cleanse gently while removing dead skin cells and unclogs your pores of dirt and oil. It also prepares your skin before you go on a shave, preventing razor burns.

If you’re already addicted to skincare, investing in a facial cleansing brush will do your skin some wonders. Go get that youthful look and a complexion that appears clean, fresh, and energized.

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Nose and ear hair trimmer

Wait, what? You never had excess, lengthy hair in your nose and ear? Lucky you. Some people find it annoying that there’s a strand that goes out of the hole. It’s unpleasant to look at, and it’s uncomfortable to have a strand of hair dangling around.

Fret not, MANSCAPED has a nose and ear hair trimmer called Weed Whacker — and it surely gets the job done. It’s designed to be comfortable and effective — equipped with a rotary dual-edge blade that carries the brand’s proprietary SkinSafe technology.

You can easily maneuver the steel cone tip — which is hypoallergenic by the way — to remove your nose and ear hair. Without worry about pulls, nicks, or cuts.

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Self-haircut kit

When the quarantine started, a lot of men I know learned how to cut their hair. It took me a while to add cutting my own hair to my skillset, but it’s only possible when you have an exact tool that helps you with it.

Remington’s Shortcut Pro Self-Haircut Kit has everything you need. It has an ergonomic design, it precisely cut your hair and still feels comfortable as you do it, and it’s wider than the usual clippers which make cutting your hair quick. And it comes with different blades so you can personalize your haircut and style it the way you want it to.

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TP-Link Archer Air R5 and E5: For the minimalist

As sleek as they come



TP-Link R5 and E5

Don’t you just love it when certain tech around your home just blends in, not drawing any unnecessary attention to itself? That appears to be the primary design focus of the TP-Link Archer Air R5 and E5. It’s a Wi-Fi router and range extender combo. 


We unboxed the TP-Link Archer Air R5 and E5 (or just R5 and E5). Other than the flat, white units, you’ll see some documentation, cables, power adapter, and adhesives inside the box. 

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@gadgetmatch Unboxing the TP-Link Archer Air R5 and E5! #router #rangeextender ♬ original sound – GadgetMatch

Understated and simple

TP-Link R5 and E5

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that there isn’t much to the R5 and E5, and that’s by the design. TP-Link specifically made this router and range extender combo to blend into your home. No antennas sticking out, just a couple of slabs that you can wall mount. 


Set-up is also just as simple as the devices look. You simply plug the adapter, hook it up to your modem using the included ethernet cable. We were ready to use the router in less than 10 minutes. 

TP-Link R5 and E5

One thing to note is that the cords of the power adapters are rather short. Same is true with the included ethernet cable which isn’t as much of an issue as the power adapters. This means you have to be a little creative with where you’ll place these. Depending on the power outlet situation in your home, you might have to buy a few new extension cords to achieve your preferred look. 

The E5 was a little more troublesome to set-up at first. But this was because we plugged it a few paces away from the R5. To avoid the hiccups we went through, make sure you set the E5 up right next to the R5. After the set-up, you can move the E5 to maximize its range-extending capabilities. From there, it’s all about just following the prompts on the Tether app.

Tether app

TP-Link R5 and E5

Yes, this router-range extender combo comes with an app. The Tether app is TP-Link’s own and is compatible with their devices. The app makes the set-up as breezy as possible. If you have any trouble setting things up, just simply follow the prompts and instructions on the app and you should be good to go. 

You can consider the app as your main hub for making the most of your R5 and E5. Here, you can make sure that the devices’ firmware are updated. You can also monitor all the gadgets connected to them. 

A neat feature is that you can create profiles in the app. Each profile assigns a role for traditional family members. This is a great tool for parents who want to limit the time and content that their children can access. 


TP-Link R5 and E5

The R5 and E5 are WiFi 6 capable. It’s tech that’s been around for about half a decade now but there’s still plenty who are missing out on its capabilities. For instance, most modems issued by local Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are still a generation behind. 

With WiF 6 capable routers, you’re bound to experience a boost in speeds. Take us for instance, the service plan we’re subscribed to is supposed to max out at around 250 mbps. And multiple speed tests, when connected only directly to the modem, returned results that hover around 210 mbps for download speeds and  201 mbps upload speeds. 

After connecting to the R5, the speeds we were getting literally doubled. Tested multiple times in multiple days since setting up the router, we would average 413 mbps download speeds and 419 mbps upload speeds. We’re particularly happy about the upload speeds given that we do have to upload videos a lot these days. 

We didn’t particularly need the E5 since we live in a tiny apartment. But the extended range came in handy when we wanted to step outside and get some fresh air from the common area balcony. It’s a few paces away from our unit and was previously completely out of reach by our Wi-Fi. That isn’t the case anymore with the E5. 

The R5 and E5 have the OneMesh feature. What it does is seamlessly move the connection of your smartphone or laptop to the nearest Wi-Fi connection. This means uninterrupted browsing as you move around. 

Additional services 

The R5 is also compatible with the use of VPN or Virtual Private Networks. This helps shield your IP address and provides a generally more secure way to browse the Internet. Another benefit of VPN use is you can switch the location of your IP and gain access to streaming app content you otherwise would not have access to. 

For its part, TP-Link offers security services on the Tether app. We didn’t see the need to subscribe but it’s there as an option if you feel you need to add extra layers of protection. 

Is the TP-Link R5 and E5 your GadgetMatch? 

Truthfully, the TP-Link Archer Air R5 and E5 is easy to recommend. This Wi-Fi router and range extender combo is perfect for people who like their devices to be understated and simple. The size of this pair also means they’re easy to fit even in tiny living spaces. 

The R5 and E5 perform as advertised with TP-Link offering additional security options for your peace of mind. This is a perfect addition for any household looking to improve their Internet Connection without having to upgrade their ISP plan. 

The TP-Link R5 retails for PhP 6,590 while the TP-Link E5 retails for 5,590. 

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TP-Link launches next-gen Archer AX12 router

Your next-generation router



TP-Link Archer AX12

TP-Link has made the Archer AX12 router in the Philippines. Marketed as a next-generation router, the new product is engineered to cater to the connectivity needs of today’s households and businesses.

The Archer AX12 utilizes Wi-Fi 6 technology, enabling everyone to stream up to 4K videos or play their favorite games lag-free.

The router achieves up to 1.5 Gbps of speed with ease. It also uses Wi-Fi 6’s OFDMA and MU-MIMO technologies for simultaneous communication of up to 128 devices without lag for better internet connection and faster download speeds.

Moreover, the router is quick and easy to set up through the TP-Link tether app. The product likewise supports EasyMesh and OneMesh for customers to be able to integrate their existing networks.

The Archer AX12 is now available at TP-Link’s flagship store at the 3rd level of SM North EDSA Annex, its authorized resellers, and Lazada and Shopee.

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Apple Watch Series 9 + Watch Ultra 2 Unboxing

Featuring the bundled bands plus the new FineWoven and Nike Sport bands



Apple’s September 2023 “Wonderlust” Event isn’t just about the new iPhones. They’ve also announced updates to the well-loved Apple Watch Series 8 and Watch Ultra.

The Apple Watch Series 9 and Ultra 2 may not look so different from their predecessors, but the new features cater to older Apple Watch users to upgrade.

Aside from the upgraded S9 SiP (System in a Chip), this also enables new features like having a built-in Siri and even Double Tap using your two fingers and wrist.

And thanks to Apple’s Carbon Neutral goal by 2030, the new Apple Watches (at least the Ultra 2 and aluminum-cased Series 9s) are now more sustainable for the environment.

This also means saying bye-bye to our good ol’ leather Watch bands — but wait until you see what Apple has to offer.

Watch our latest unboxing of the new Apple Watch Ultra 2, Apple Watch Series 9 (in Aluminum and Stainless Steel), plus a plethora of bands to try out!

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