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How the Dyson Pure Cool Me helped my morning allergies

Get your personal blast of cool, clean air

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I’m admittedly a fan of all things Dyson. The company has been making products that are not only aesthetically pleasing (aka, pretty) but also functional. Earlier this year they released a couple of new gadgets that aim to make our lives more comfortable — one of them being the Dyson Pure Cool Me. And, as a girl who suffers from morning allergies, I was excited to be able to test this out and see the difference it would make.

What is it?

First things first, what exactly is the Pure Cool Me and how is it different from the Pure Cool? Well, they both function as a fan and air purifier but the Pure Cool Me is positioned as a smaller, more personal device with stripped-down features compared to Dyson Pure Cool.

The Pure Cool Me is most obviously smaller in size as it was designed to be a tabletop device. It operates with Dyson’s new Core Flow technology which projects air towards you in a precise direction. The center dome can be pushed either up or down which opens corresponding vents to either blow straight forward or upwards. It can, unfortunately, only be manipulated in those two directions. However, it does oscillate on a 70-degree range to make up it.

When set to the highest speed, the Pure Cool Me can deliver some serious air. I, more often than not, never had it maxed out when I was in close range. Setting the fan speed mid-level provided the right amount of wind on my face without being too bothersome. And though poised as a personal fan, the Pure Cool Me is still able to push out enough air to cool a small area.

Cool, clean air

The Pure Cool Me’s air purifier is equipped with a filter that combines activated carbon and glass HEPA filter. Dyson’s air filters are one of the few air filters approved by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America and claim to capture gases and 99.95% of air pollutants. I didn’t instantly notice the change in the air quality around me but I did eventually start waking up without having to profusely sniff and scratch my nose. This filter is also supposed to help the fan run extremely quiet but I found that the sound was still noticeable. But, fortunately, the sound it makes is a bit akin to white noise which makes it tolerable.

You can monitor the filter’s life by using the remote control. When pressing the dedicated button, a small screen upfront will show you your filter’s status and whether or not it should be changed. To replace it, you just need to pop the top open with a button on the fan, pull out the old filter, and insert the new one. Dyson suggests filters be changed every 12 months if the fan is used for 12 hours a day but, of course, this varies from user to user.

Controlling the device

Each unit comes with a magnetic remote controller that sticks to the front of the fan. With it, you can control the power, fan speed, timer, oscillation, and check on the air filter’s status. A small, circular display is situated on the front of the fan and works as a visual aid for the controls. While having the magnetic holder is pretty useful, I found that the lack of physical buttons on-board the fan proved to be a hindrance. It only has one button on the device which controls power. I sometimes found myself without the remote and needing to adjust the fan speed and I, despite being just beside the fan, couldn’t operate it. It led me to miss one of the best features from the Dyson Pure Cool, which is its smart functionality.

Dyson’s Pure Cool fan had smart functionality that allowed you to connect it to an app to help monitor air quality as well as control the actual device. It also worked with smart assistants like Alexa but unfortunately, the Pure Cool Me is not capable of any of these features. Hopefully, they make this feature available for future generations of the Pure Cool Me.

The Dyson Pure Cool Me is first and foremost a personal fan but after a couple of weeks using it, I find that it can go beyond that. It does its job superbly as a purifier as I honestly did wake up with less of a stuffy nose and the fan speed was a lot strong than I expected. It’s a lot smaller than most of Dyson’s fans but I feel it could be just a tad bit smaller or thinner to make it more at home on a desk. Other than that and the lack of smart functionality, the Dyson Pure Cool Me hits all the other checkboxes a Dyson device might have. The Pure Cool Me is the cheapest in the Dyson fan/purifier family at $299.99. Needless to say, it’s still not cheap but could be a good starting point for those who want to try out Dyson’s products. With this, what you get is basically a small fan with a high-end air purifier.

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Louvre at home? It’s possible with Samsung’s The Frame

Match made in art heaven

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This news could be thrilling for art enthusiasts and lovers of anything premium. Samsung is teaming up with the iconic Musée du Louvre in Paris, France for an exclusive artwork partnership.

With this collaboration, artworks from the Louvre will join the collection that you can display on Samsung’s The Frame. This brings The Frame’s catalogue to over 1,500 works of art from 42 different countries that you can bask in at stunning 4K resolution.

The overall collection also includes the following:

  • Prado Museum in Madrid
  • Albertina Museum in Vienna
  • Tate Modern in London
  • Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam
  • Hermitage State Museum in Saint Petersburg and LUMAS

Louvre at home

Some collection you might want to enjoy at home are must-see masterpieces, such as the Mona Lisa and The Wedding Feast at Cana, as well as photos of the majestic Louvre galleries, its architecture, and museum grounds (Louvre Pyramid, Tuileries Garden, etc.). A short description of each work gives users a glimpse into their background and history.

Samsung and the Louvre also plan to unveil other exclusive content for The Frame users later this year.

Take The Frame home

The Frame is part of Samsung’s lifestyle TV lineup. It’s aim is to offer an elevated TV experience. And nothing feels as elevated as blessing your eyes with luxurious art pieces right in your living room.

The 2021 version of the lifestyle TV offers new custom options to complement every space and style, with two frame designs: modern (available in white, teak, beige, and brown) and beveled (available in white and brick red).

The Frame can be hung flush to the wall on an ultra-slim mount and connected to a One Connect box via a single translucent cable that integrates all TV connectors including the power source. Users can also set The Frame anywhere in the room on a Studio Stand.

Watch our Samsung The Frame review.

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8 things we love about the new, LG PuriCare mask with VoiceON

No more muffled talking while wearing a mask!

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If you found yourself on the fence when it came to the first generation LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, then its latest iteration is set to fully win you over. This time around, the Korean tech giant decided to address each of the issues most people found with the first run of the mask.

Here’s what we’ve been loving with the new version – so far.

Lighter, comfier

At just 94 grams, the LG PuriCare VoiceON is much easier on the ears. I find that I don’t even need the neck strap included in the packaging when wearing it. This says a lot as while I found the first PuriCare mask easy enough to wear, I was dependent on the neck strap. This, especially if I wanted to wear it for a longer period.

The brand promises that the new mask is comfy enough to wear for up to eight hours. I think I speak for everyone when I say I still prefer to be mask free but the fans on both sides of the mask do help.

Sleeker design

Same as the first generation LG PuriCare mask, the new one also has two HEPA filters on each side. These powerful filters clean the air you breathe, making sure there are zero nasties going into your lungs. In the first version, the HEPA filters went into compartments located at the front of the mask. This time around, those compartments were placed at the back, giving you a smoother surface.

It takes a bit more technique to get the filters in but nothing too difficult.

The sleek design also makes it even easier to match with any of your outfits, taking it from a quick workout, doing your errands, and even to something that’s a little formal for the evenings.

Talking made easy

One of the common issues people had with the first version was how it muffled one’s speech. This wasn’t much of a concern to me as my speaking voice tends to be on the louder side. So if you’re someone who’s got a softer voice, this one’s for you. No need to speak a little louder and strain your vocal cords throughout the day.

Just a quick press on the power button activates the VoiceON feature. The mask, through AI, is able to detect when you’re speaking. It only amplifies your voice and there are no weird breathing sounds in between.

If you’re a Star Wars fan then you just know this feature can actually make you feel like an improved version of Darth Vader. A version that has a clearer register.

Color choices

And speaking of Darth Vader, the new LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier also comes in black. But should you prefer this colorway, you must act fast once they become available again. Units get snapped up pretty quickly. 

Friendlier to the environment

During our review of the first LG PuriCare mask, we already mentioned how the pandemic has been rather brutal to our environment. There’s just so much more waste nowadays, especially when it comes to disposable masks. The new iteration of this technology takes eco-friendliness up a notch by opting for biodegradable packaging.

Increased battery life

Lighter doesn’t mean less powerful. The battery life was also increased from 820 to 1000 mAh. You can wear the mask longer before you need to grab the USB-C cable it comes with for a quick charge. You need about two hours for a full charge, just like the first version. I was able to take the mask around the Metro as we did errands on a Saturday – from 11am to 3pm – and it did not conk out on me. I did have the VoiceON feature off most of the time.

Bluetooth connectivity

One of the mask’s new features is how it can be connected to your smartphone through an app. It will help you track your breathing and even provide you with product maintenance information. As of this article’s publication, the app isn’t on the Philippine versions of Apple’s App Store and Google’s Play Store. But here’s to hoping we get it soon enough!

Maskne protection persists

Like its older brother, the new LG mask continues to protect my skin from irritation. It also makes sure my skin can breathe. Medical masks make me so oily because of the heat and their material can irritate my pores. With this type of technology, I get to feel a little fresher despite the mask and shield combo.

Do take note that like its older brother, the new LG mask needs the inner covers changed every day and the HEPA filters once a month. It’s an added expense but it’s something that’s considered as an investment in your health and well-being.

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If you’re someone who’s tired of maskne and uncomfortable masks, then this is something for you. Especially if you intend to talk throughout the day – it makes sure you’re both heard and protected. You can snag your own LG PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier with VoiceON at their official stores on Lazada and Shopee.

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6 gorgeous smartphones in shades of green

Supple, sensual, and the color of money

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Forget Purple, Gold, Silver, and even the sleek shades of blue we’ve adored last year. Green is the most gorgeous color of the year. It’s the color of modern luxury — yes, not those royalty colors you’re familiar with — and the most underrated color of the Fall season.

Green is all about grace, class, and elegance. It follows the taste and refinement the old rich have. A true symbol of modern luxury. The right shade of green will help set you apart, subtly attracting gazes and desires.

Forget the flashy, loud, and obnoxious colors and shades of green — that’s for the nouveau riche. Here are gorgeous shades of green we’ve seen in smartphones and will surely help you look posh and chic without attracting unwarranted attention.

Phantom Green — Galaxy Z Flip3 5G, Galaxy Z Fold3 5G

The Samsung Galaxy Z Flip3 5G dresses in Phantom Green — somewhat like a dark cyan blending the tranquility of blue and the harmony of green. It closely resembles those deep emerald colors found in silk, velvet, and other expensive linen. Quite befitting a phone that accommodates the upper class.

There’s also the Galaxy Z Fold3 5G in the same Phantom Green colorway, but its shade leans towards a dark green than the emerald-like color seen on the Galaxy Z Flip3 5G. Nonetheless, this shade of green is more familiar to the old rich — supple, sensual, and the color of money.

Mystic Green — Samsung Galaxy Note 20

Despite not having a glass body, the Galaxy Note 20 still looks sophisticated, especially in Mystic Green. It’s an underrated color from the Note 20 lineup — letting you stand out while looking snazzy and makes people gaze in admiration compared to the attention-grabbing Copper colorway.

Green — Sony Xperia 5 III

To tech junkies, Sony’s name can equate to premium. Especially their Xperia lineup, where most smartphones are still considered pricey compared to its competitors.

While Sony has been trying to find its footing in the midrange segment, the company didn’t forget to bring their brand values — preaching beauty and elegance by dressing one of their smartphones in a sensual Green colorway, as seen on the Xperia 5 III.

Midnight Green — iPhone 11 Pro

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Apple has introduced various colors for the iPhones that made its fans giddy, but the Midnight Green colorway still tops as the most graceful yet luxurious color we’ve seen so far.

It blends easily and works best when paired with neutral accessories — composing a look that speaks rich sans looking aggressive and ambitious.

Moss Green — realme X50 Pro

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Chinese smartphone brand realme is far from taking it to the premium segment, what with their brand name in weird lowercase, confusing product names, and phone designs that are just too flashy and tacky.

But the realme X50 Pro stepped into the right direction with its Moss Green — introducing a color so refined that it can pass to the eyes of the rich. So if you still don’t have a lot of cash to shell for a gorgeous smartphone, maybe find an affordable one that comes in this shade of green.

Ocean Green — OPPO Reno 10x Zoom

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What a shocker, right? To see the very first OPPO Reno make it to this list. Frankly, when the first OPPO Reno came out last 2019 in Switzerland, we’ve believed that OPPO was ready to take on the premium segment because they just did it right. Design? Reinvented. Color? Made elegant. Overall look? Polished and chic.

They have the right formula, but it went on a downhill when it went to its second iteration, and the third, and the fourth… you get what I mean!

To more shades of green

The phones listed aren’t the only smartphones dressed in a shade of green, yet they are the best example of what green looks like for modern luxury. These colors can also be incorporated into your clothes, accessories, and even your interiors.

And if you’ll notice, these gorgeous shades of green are seen in smartphone brands that have strong flagship contenders and are mostly favored by the upper class.

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That’s because they get the formula. Some still attempt to have a green-colored smartphone, but still fails because they don’t capture the elegance needed for it to look premium.

But, here’s to hoping that more smartphone manufacturers design a color that promotes subtlety and elegance — at least for the flagship devices.

SEE MORE: How to wear green: Autumn’s most underrated color | The girl with the green backpack

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