It’s not every day that I get to play with a printer. When I was still studying, a printer was a must-have. Not all professors and teachers are into online submissions, because they’re still fond of writing and reading from a piece of paper.
Since high school, I’ve owned an HP printer. I started with a basic one which was quite expensive back then considering it could only print. But, compared to other brands, the ink cartridges were almost 50 percent cheaper. I then upgraded to an all-in-one HP printer in college. I needed the photocopy feature, so it was a good decision.
Now, I have the HP Ink Tank 415. It’s quite similar to my previous all-in-one printer, but this has a continuous ink system. It has a refillable ink tank (hence its name) for four colors: black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.
This is how the printer looks. It’s quite bulky, but the design makes it appear unintimidating. The printer doesn’t look boxy and office-like. Instead, it has a rounded body and curved corners.
The exterior of the printer is made out of quality polycarbonate, and mine is in black. Most of the surface is matte, which I am a fan of.
There are nine buttons on the left portion of the printer. This includes the power button and all of the necessary operations users need to print and scan.
Yes, this printer can also scan. It’s an all-in-one, so the top portion lifts up to reveal a scanner. This can be used directly and there’s no need for computer software. There are buttons for instant photocopy — one in monochrome and another for color.
The ink tanks are located on the right side of the printer. As already mentioned, it uses four colors of ink to print. The biggest portion of the tank is for black, which is logical because it’s what people use the most.
Filling them up is easy and spill-free. All four tanks are included in the box, so you can get to printing right after the initial setup. Users can easily check the level of ink by looking at the tanks, or by using the PC software provided by HP for free.
During the setup, there’s an option to set the device as a wireless printer that’s connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network. This is the most convenient way of printing, may it be from your phone or laptop.
Now let’s get some printing done!
How many pages can you print with the available ink? HP promises up to 8,000 pages with one set of color bottles and up to 6,000 pages with a single bottle of blank ink.
The printing time is average. It’s not the fastest printer around, but it gets the job done. A full color page takes about two minutes, while black and white printing is a few seconds faster.
Since we had a lot of ink to spare, we also printed memorable photos. Of course, we used photo paper for these and the prints turned out okay. Anyone can easily fill up a photo album in the comfort of their own home.
We did notice that the prints have higher contrast than shown in the preview, but we don’t have any major complaints. All of the photos look lively and are well-saturated.
Apart from office use, this printer is also meant for fun. Maybe it’s time to bring back the old way of keeping photos? Why store your photos in your phones or in the cloud when you can easily print them? 📸
This particular printer is priced at PhP 8,790 in the Philippines and it’s available at authorized HP dealers nationwide. It’s pretty cheap if you need a new all-in-one printer that has it all. It even has a low cost-per-page considering how many pages it can print with its high-capacity ink tank.
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As it name implies, it’s a “Lite” version of the Mi 11 announced months ago. Although it has some reduced features, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 780G just made its debut through the Mi 11 Lite 5G. Meanwhile, the unit that we have here is the 4G one with Snapdragon 732G.
ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482: Your next-level productivity companion
ASUS reinvents how we get things done
ASUS is known to be one that makes bold moves when it comes to introducing features to their devices. As the search for incredible continues, ASUS pushes our multitasking boundaries further than we normally would with the ZenBook Duo line.
Productivity is the name of the game and ASUS again reinvents how we get things done and truly brings into play our cognitive functions with the new ZenBook Duo 14 UX482.
Like the others in the ZenBook Duo line, the UX482 sports two displays. Boasting the new and improved secondary display, the ScreenPad Plus. This 12.6-inch screen now has 400 nits of brightness and a feature-packed user interface. Smartphone-like is how the interface is best described and has drastically minimized the learning curve of its usability.
Among the many notable features of the ScreenPad Plus software are the Windows Flick, View Max, Task Swap and the ASUS Control Panel.
Windows Flick sends windows onto the other screen with a simple drag and flick for a faster multitasking experience.
View Max lets users maximize both displays simulating one large display for a more seamless single task view across both displays. Task Swap is a button that instantly swaps windows from the ScreenPad Plus onto the main display area and vice versa.
There’s also the Keyboard Lock that lets you lock the keyboard to avoid accidental presses for drawing since both displays are compatible with the ASUS stylus pen.
And as for my favorite, the ASUS Control Panel. The ScreenPad Plus has software integration with programs such as Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, Premiere Pro and After Effects. With this enabled, the ScreenPad Plus shifts into a fully customizable control panel with touch based toggles, knobs and sliders. This gives users easy access to settings like exposure, adjusting brush sizes, and other aspects inside your creative software. A neat feature that really eases up the creative workflow.
Main display, more than just eye candy
For the main display, we have a 14-inch full HD IPS panel also with 400 nits of brightness, rated 100% sRGB color gamut and has Pantone validation certification. If you’ve tried doing photo and video work on inaccurate display monitors, you’ll know that matching colors across different devices is just daunting. Pantone validation simply means industry grade color accuracy meaning these displays are designed to get real work done and not just fancy multitasking.
Expect to breeze through your tasks with the Duo UX482 as it is powered by the latest 11th Gen Intel Core i5 or Core i7 processor. No, great power doesn’t come with great responsibilities this time as the UX482 uses the ultra-low power variant of Intel chips. Low power equates to longer battery life and a much cooler thermal operation. There is also the option between an Nvidia GeForce MX450 or the integrated Intel Iris XE for its graphics processor.
The ErgoLift hinge by ASUS Design as the name suggests, lifts the bottom half of the device as the lid is pushed farther back. This adds a slight angle for a more comfortable typing experience. Two “arms” also pop up below the ScreenPad Plus adding a little bit more angle to the already angled bottom half for an easier view of the second display.
This lift also gives the device room for ventilation at both its bottom and upper part and also adds resonance to the sound coming from its speakers making the Harman Kardon driver sound fuller.
Talk about genius design engineering. A simple design improvement from the standard laptop but one that brings so much impact on different aspects of the device.
Keep calm, battery life goes on
Up to 17 hours of battery life is claimed on the ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 and that’s with the ScreenPad Plus and some hardware powered down. That’s probably more than enough for a day at a coffee shop. If by any chance that it isn’t, you can easily charge the UX482 via USB-C as its Easy charge feature makes it compatible with a USB-C smartphone charger or a power bank.
Even thinner than its predecessor, the UX482 measures 16.9mm thin and weighs only 1.6kg. A shockingly compact little device considering you get two screens in a very small footprint.
US Military Grade MIL-STD-810H. So I dug into some research to understand what this really meant. I was surprised to know that this design had undergone a series of compliance tests that simulates various environments of which the device could possibly be exposed to and having this certification simply means it is tough. The build quality speaks for itself on this one as it feels very solid to hold with its mostly metal construction.
Is the ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 your GadgetMatch?
The secondary display is no gimmick. It really adds another dimension to productivity and ASUS has made sure that the experience is made easier for us to grasp.
A fabulous main display, an even more stellar secondary display, steadfast performance, rock solid build quality and a brilliant design.
Hats off to ASUS for genuinely trying to innovate on what had seemed to be a stagnant competition between brands and giving us a slice of the future with the ZenBook Duo.
The ASUS ZenBook Duo 14 UX482 is undeniably a main laptop type of device and is easily my favorite ZenBook so far.
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and ASUS Philippines.
The realme narzo 30A brings limitless gaming potential
Fast and long lasting, just how I like my gaming phones
Not too long ago, realme launched their own lineup of gaming smartphones dubbed as the “narzo.” These phones weren’t simply built to be gaming powerhouses, but they possess a good amount of power. To top it all off, they even come at such great value that it’s a viable option for anyone’s first smartphone.
Now, they’re back with yet another device under the narzo line: the realme narzo 30A. They say it brings some form of limitless gaming power suited for the casual mobile gamer. If you’re not really into mobile gaming, it is supposedly a great all-around device, as well. In essence, it’s a phone that shows no bounds to how you can use it.
Let’s take a look at what’s in store for the realme narzo 30A.
New box, who this?
So, right off the bat, the realme narzo 30A now comes in a brand new box style. I guess gone are the days that we see the realme yellow-coated box for the narzo brand. Instead, we get a nice blue box with “narzo” in rather large letters. It’s a change that I am a little surprised about, considering the company has always donned the yellow box.
Another change they implemented with the box is that, well it just slides through the top or bottom ends now. Honestly, if they wanted to have a device with supposedly limitless power, this box alone subtly sold it. Inside, however, is pretty standard stuff: the device, documentation, SIM ejector tool, and charger.
Everything pretty much checks out, but I think they missed out on giving this its own silicon case. Let’s face it, much like any phone, you will drop this one a considerable amount too. It really helps to have that layer of extra protection to your phone, you know?
The phone itself is thick and shines on its own
The moment I pulled it out, I immediately noted just how thick it is. It’s the kind of thicc that makes it look like a small brick. Although, it isn’t quite as heavy as one, but just holding it alone makes you think there’s a ton of stuff they put in here. But, this wasn’t the only thing that stood out.
When you turn it to the rear side, it follows a pretty standard setup. First, it has the dual lens camera at the top left side of the phone in a square formation. Then, the fingerprint sensor rests roughly in the middle of the phone. What stands out is everything below these: the Diagonal Stripe design piece. It’s different in the sense that it doesn’t cover everything; that it actually demands your attention.
In terms of color options, the realme narzo 30A comes in two: Laser Blue and Laser Black. The unit I opened up came in Laser Black, which I’m not gonna lie is a sexy, subtle color option. Along with the Diagonal Stripe design piece, it just looks pristine in its own little way. If the Laser Blue catches your eye though, that’s all good!
Everything under the hood
Let’s get to the meat of the phone, shall we? Inside the realme narzo 30A is a Helio G85 CPU, specifically designed for a smooth gaming experience. Also, it comes with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage for all your games and files. All of these are powered by a 6000mAh battery, which also probably explains why it’s thicc.
Upon initial setup, I found the device quick and responsive while moving through realme UI 1.0. Apps run quite fast, while scrolling through social media was a breeze to do. I managed to download some competitive and casual mobile games, and so far, so good. Plus, I managed to do all of these with the battery still above 70 percent — for the most part.
Early GadgetMatch? Let’s see first.
So far, the device is showing flashes of its limitless gaming power and rocks a cool design. It poses great performance for casual use and gaming, plus it lasts relatively long while still at a full charge. From the unboxing experience to just using the phone initially, the phone screams “limitless” in its own right.
Early on, my gripe for the phone isn’t so much on the device itself but more of what it comes with. Sure, the new box style is a welcome change and all, but it would have been nice to include a silicon case in there. Other than that, I don’t have any initial worries for the phone.
Whether or not the device will continue to hold up to the limitless potential remains to be seen. From throwing multiple applications all at once to playing for much longer hours, let’s see how the realme narzo 30A stacks up.
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