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This compact, portable speaker will bring the party anywhere

That 100W output is just wow!

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Wassup, party people!

JBL has just unveiled its latest addition to its popular PartyBox series — and it’s pretty small. Compared to their monstrous speakers, of course.

Meet the Encore Essential, JBL’s most compact speaker yet in the PartyBox series. Boasting a 100-watt speaker coupled with an ultra-portable design, the party can be transported anywhere you want it to be.

And with an IPX4 rating, the PartyBox can handle poolside splashes or continue playing while it’s raining.

Despite having a smaller frame, the Encore Essential still carries the signature PartyBox lightshow. It can deliver a cool strobe effect that syncs to any music beat.

More importantly, it can be easily controlled together with its volume through the dedicated JBL PartyBox app.

Certainly, the party will never stop with up to six hours of battery life. Moreover, there’s a plethora of connection choices. From Bluetooth, USB, and AUX — partygoers can choose the way they want to play their music.

“With the popularity of the JBL PartyBox speaker lineup, we are excited to introduce a smaller design option that delivers the same big, bold audio used throughout the series,” said Dave Rogers, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Division.

Price and availability

The JBL PartyBox Encore Essential will retail for PhP 15,999. It will be available online and in stores starting on June 30, 2022.

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LG release five new Soundbars in SG

Led by the flagship S95QR model

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LG Soundbar

As part of their rollout of a new lineup for 2022, LG Electronics has introduced five new LG Soundbar models in Singapore.

The stylish new models with convenient features will elevate home cinema and entertainment with powerful and precise multi-channel audio.

The new Soundbars will be available starting at SG$ 499 via LG official stores on Lazada and Shopee, as well as authorized retailers Audio House, Harvey Norman, and Mega Discount Store.

LG S95QR: The flagship model

Headlining the 2022 Soundbar lineup is the S95QR, an ideal home cinema buff solution that is a complete package.

The top-of-the-line soundbar offers an 810W output, 9.1.5 channels, and a total of five up-firing channels.

It also has upgraded wireless rear speakers with six channels compared to only four from its predecessor.

Improved connectivity

Select new LG Soundbars are equipped with more sensitive receivers to allow for greater distances between the soundbar, subwoofer, and rear speakers.

Their Music Mode which features Meridian Audio’s Horizon technology allows for a more realistic acoustic surround sound.

For more optimization and personalization, LG’s latest high-end models all have the following features:

  • Support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • IMAX Enhanced support
  • Variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM) for gaming
  • Support for high-quality music streaming devices
  • TV Sound Mode Share
  • AI Room Calibration

The latest soundbars also have LG WOWCAST, a Wi-Fi audio dongle that mounts to the back of the TV to eliminate the need for cable connection.

For more information on the latest LG Soundbars, check the table below.

Model Channels Price
S95QR (810W) 9.1.5 SG$ 1,999
S90QY (570W) 5.1.3 SG$ 1,499
S80QY (480W) 3.1.3 SG$ 899
S75Q (380W) 3.1.2 SG$ 699
S65Q (420W) 3.1 SG$ 499

 

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Dreame V12 Pro: Powerful cordless vacuum

Cleans even the tightest of spaces

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When I moved out and transferred to my own place, one of the very first appliances I purchased was a vacuum cleaner. 

I got an affordable one that is highly recommended in the Facebook Group Home Buddies, and it was okay. It does the job. 

I use it more often than my normal household broom, so having a quality vacuum is a huge necessity for me. 

When the Dreame V12 Pro came to my doorstep, I was ecstatic. I am sure any clean freak would feel the same — it’s a cordless, battery-powered vacuum with a whopping suction power of 32,000 pa. Definitely a total upgrade from my previous one.

As someone who cleans every day, I excitedly put this product to the test.

So many functions!

Dreame V12 Pro comes with a wide array of accessories upon unboxing. It’s my first time trying out a cordless vacuum, let alone a multi-functional one, so I was carefully reading the manual while using it for the first few days. 

There’s a lot you can do with this powerful handheld vacuum cleaner – powerful enough to clean every corner of a whole unit. 

For instance, it can easily suck the collected dust on my keyboard, thanks to the brush accessory. There’s also the anti-mite brush for sofa and beds (this is heaven-sent, especially for fur parents), and the rigid rectangular nozzle which integrates a LED light to clean stubborn dirt such as cobwebs. 

For overall floor cleaning, the default suction brush is outstanding. It also comes with a 5-layer HEPA filter with 99% effective sterilization, which brings so much peace of mind especially that we’re still in a pandemic.

But don’t be intimidated; using the vacuum and trying all the attachments is actually as easy as pie. The Dreame V12 Pro has an easy lock function which requires less effort when detaching and shifting from one accessory to the next. It’s extremely handy and comfortable to use!

Very powerful suction

I mentioned earlier that it has a suction power of 32,000 pa. It’s one of the most competitive in the market, and is actually designed for deep cleaning. It can absorb micron-level dust, which makes it extremely powerful for both hard floors and carpets.

No worries, it uses smart adaptive technology so the suction level easily adjusts to the floor without worrying about overheating and your safety.

There was an instance that I accidentally dropped some condiments and a few rice pellets on the floor (I know, it was a clumsy day in the kitchen). I immediately got my Dreame V12 Pro to clean up the mess. My feet didn’t feel any evidence afterwards.

Another major problem for me is my tangled hair all over the room. A few weeks after using the product, there were less stands of hair on the floor, especially on areas not usually reached by a normal vacuum. I was enthralled.

I initially thought it will be great for large homes, but I highly recommend it for tight spaces. It has a high capability to remove dirt from every nook and corner.

The vacuum has three modes: Eco, Standard and Turbo. To save up on battery, I usually use the Eco mode with its good suction performance without taking too much battery energy. I sometimes switch to the Standard and Turbo mode during major cleaning days.

Elegant, user-friendly features

My least favorite thing about vacuums in general is having to empty the container. For me, it takes a lot of work especially because I keep on literally getting my hands dirty.

The Dreame V12 Pro features an easy to empty container and a simple grip mechanism that helps eject dirt without coming into contact with it. Additionally, the container has a huge capacity of 0.5L.

The product also features a trigger lock, which allows me to clean continuously and comfortably. 

The high quality LCD screen (which is actually one of my favorite features) provides real-time info on the battery life, suction power, and filter status. It also displays the three user modes.

Is the Dreame V12 Pro your GadgetMatch?

All in all, the Dreame V12 Pro is a great household investment that will last for years. The vacuum has a light, ergonomic design and an elegant grey color that can blend with any shade of room interiors. 

Am I satisfied with this vacuum upgrade? Hell, yes!

For PhP 23,990 (around US$ 460), you get a very compact vacuum cleaner with premium features that you can use in every situation. And again, it’s cordless. Check it out on the Dreame website here.

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Why the Deebot T9 is your next robot vacuum

Hoovering and mopping done!

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I love a good robot vacuum. It makes cleaning easier and my dog Juancho has an instant playmate. Sure, he takes a bit of time to get used to the new addition to the family but once he’s used to it, he’ll follow it around in a playful manner and tire him out. I recently had the chance to test the Ecovacs Deebot T9 Robot Vacuum Cleaner and it helped in keeping our home tidier while allowing me to focus on work and other personal commitments. While hoovering is one of the more entertaining chores one can do at home, nothing beats having the option to take it out of one’s to-do list.

Is the Deebot T9 worth the price tag? Should you replace your current vacuum with it? Allow me to give you a list of the things I loved about the vacuum and a few things you should be aware of before getting one.

It maps out your home

It was pretty interesting to see how the vacuum mapped out our home and planned its own cleaning routine based on that map. The best thing is you don’t have to be a real techie to handle it.

The app on your phone is pretty straight forward and since it gets to know your home through powerful sensors, the most you have to do is either schedule or start a cleaning program. You can even select which room you want to be cleaned!

It leaves your home smelling fresh

The Deebot T9 has a built-in air freshener that infuses the home with a clean, delicate fragrance as it moves. Our unit came with the ‘Wild Bluebell’ fragrance and I loved it. It’s not overpowering but it also leaves the room smelling fresh.

Other scent options are Cucumber & Oak and Bergamot & Lavender. Each capsule lasts up to 60 days before they need a replacement.

It empties itself

One of the major issues people with robot vacuums have is how often they have to empty the waste compartment. After all, having a robot instead of a handheld vacuum with a bag means its compartment is much smaller. Deebot’s solution is having its own Auto Empty Station which also serves as the device’s charging dock.

Once a cleaning cycle ends, the T9 makes its way to the dock and automatically empties itself, letting the dirt go into a convenient, 2.5 liter bag which ensures fewer trips to your waste basket.

But can it handle fur?

My dog Juancho is a Pembroke Welsh Corgi which means he’s quite the fur monster. This type of dog sheds all year round and that means we get corgi fur everywhere. Yes, it sucks the fur in quite well, picking it off tiled floors and even carpeted rooms easily. The main issue is that the fur gets stuck in the vacuum’s waste bin.

It docks into the Auto Empty Station and you hear the loud woosh supposedly taking the dirt from the vacuum to a convenient bag. However, when you check the vacuum’s waste compartment, all the fur is still in there. Not a deal-breaker but definitely a concern if you have a shedder for a pet. You can probably skip the Auto Empty Station as you’d still have to manually empty the T9 anyway.  

Control through the app

I can turn on the Deebot T9 to clean our home (while entertaining my dog) even when I’m outside and on the go. Since it maps out your home and uses the all-new TrueDetect 3D 2.0 technology, it’s able to easily detect obstacles that may come its way. A magazine that fell on the floor, dog toys left in corners. There are less chances of the T9 getting stuck so it’s able to complete cleaning even if you’re not there to watch it.

It mops your floors!

Ok, this isn’t the first robot vacuum to have this feature. However, it’s the first time I ever had a need for one that does this chore and I was thrilled with the convenience it brought! We have white, tiled floors in our living-slash-dining space so mopping is a part of life. Unless we want drool marks or a random paw print on the floor, mopping must be done quite regularly.

Thankfully, I have a husband who’s been into steam cleaning the floors before the Deebot T9 came in. The existence of this nifty addition to the family took a load off his back and now instead of mopping floors at night, we get more TV time together.

Attaching the OZMOTM Pro 2.0 Electric Oscillating Mopping System was quick and easy — it’s practically a no brainer. You just fill it up with water, slap a disposable, microfiber mopping pad (each unit comes with 10) and you’re good to go. Of course, the disposable pads can be quite a concern when it comes to added expenses and waste management. Maybe Ecovacs can come up with a mopping pad that we can wash and reuse instead?

All in all, the Deebot T9 is a great addition to any home. Two chores done means more time for family, productivity, and doing things you actually love. It’s currently available in Lazada.

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