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Lenovo IdeaPad S145 hands-on: A basic everyday laptop

Sports a well-thought design, though

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We recently received a laptop from Lenovo to check out and play around with and this time it’s the IdeaPad S145. It comes from the same lineup of notebooks we reviewed late last year but this specific model is on the lower end of the specifications spectrum or SPECtrum (get it?).

Kidding aside, it still shares certain features seen on its high-end counterparts so let’s delay no longer and get on with this hands-on.

The Lenovo IdeaPad S145’s design isn’t one to call attention due to its subtle design. While it’s also available in Platinum Grey Glossy and Granite Black Glossy, our unit came in Granite Black Texture which, as you may have guessed, traded its shiny finish for a matte and textured coating.

It sports a 14-inch HD display but there’s a better Full HD variant available. Side bezels are thin enough while the top still needed to house a webcam so there’s a bit of thickness added to it. Meanwhile, its bottom bezel is one thick panel of plastic.

The texture from its lid continues to the chassis while the keys share the same gray color of its body. Oh, and these aren’t back-lit in case you were wondering.

A power button is situated on the upper right corner of the keyboard with a light indicator of its own. Meanwhile, towards the bottom, its clickable touchpad might be a bit small for some but it still gets the job done.

In terms of dimensions, I can still consider the IdeaPad S145 a slim laptop that I can easily slide in and out of any normal-sized backpack. The front lid has that slanted edge which makes it easy to open with just one hand and if there’s something I appreciate about laptop construction, it’s thoughtful applications like these.

One feature that it got from its higher-end siblings is the ability to open all the way and flat on its back. This is made so online content, presentations, or basically anything can be shared easily with others for easier collaboration.

The left side houses all the ports including one USB 2.0, two USB 3.1, and an HDMI. On the flip side, we have the combined microphone and headphone jack along with an SD card reader.

Adding to the connectivity aspect is Bluetooth for wireless pairing with gadgets. And when it comes to sound quality, you’ll be glad to know that it features Dolby Audio speakers for a more immersive experience when sound-tripping or watching videos.

Now onto what’s inside. Before we proceed, though, keep in mind that it has different configurations available and could still be upgraded. What we’re going to discuss here is the specific model we have.

This IdeaPad S145 runs on an Intel Pentium Gold 5405U. It doesn’t compete with the higher end chipsets from Intel and is not made to process heavy tasks. It is then partnered with a modest Intel UHD Graphics 610 which, again, isn’t the best around.

Furthermore, only 4GB of RAM is installed in this notebook so the things you could accomplish on it is limited. No, there will be no complicated video or photo editing on this setup.

Storage is supported with 512GB of HDD onboard although it could also run an SSD at the same time to help make it snappier. Finally, a 64-bit Windows 10 Home comes as standard and the company claims its battery can last up to six hours.

As I have mentioned earlier, this combo of specifications won’t let you work on resource-heavy tasks like video editing or gaming. It functions well for browsing the web and working on your Powerpoint projects — basically light tasks that you need to accomplish anywhere.

Its form factor is great for portability, though, so you can easily bring it at a cafe, whip it out on a table, and start typing away to meet those deadlines.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet

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It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-On

Unpacked features just for you

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2020 is a year where Samsung is taking a leap of faith by getting out of its comfort zone. The Galaxy S20 may look like last year’s Galaxy S10, but it offers double the power and features than its predecessor.

But does that mean the prices also doubled? Find out more by watching the video above or through this link if you can’t access it.

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PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride

A limited-edition offering that gives back

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Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.

What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.

It has a straightforward design

Red and blue stripes signify colors from the Philippine flag

Three stars and a sun on each earcup

Can’t get any more Filipino than this

Solid build quality

Headband has a good flex to it

Clasps comfortably on the head

Doesn’t come off easily

Comfortable ear cups

Earmuffs are made of memory foam

What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.

Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.

It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.

All-around performer

When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.

Active Noise Cancellation option

One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.

Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.

Micro-USB port for charging

The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.

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H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.

Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.

Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches, Urban Gadgets, and The Listening Room. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.

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