Can you remember who you were before the world told you who you should be? I was frantically searching for answers to this question, during my exasperating quarter-life crisis.
While I was losing hope waiting for directions, a monstrous laptop came to my house — the Lenovo Legion 5Pi. At first, I wondered how its arrival could mean anything in my situation. Surprisingly, having a gaming laptop helped me take the first step in dealing with my existential issues.
Traveling back to past
When I set up the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I was taken back to my tranquil past. It felt like I was fourteen-going-fifteen again, cocooned in my bedroom.
Headphones in, keyboards lighting, chips and soda on the side, electric fan buzzing — life back then was untroubled. All I ever worry about was how to finish my homework so I could play online games all night.
At that time, I was stuck between two worlds: my character’s adventures in Grand Fantasia and other titles, and of course, the real world. But now, all I have is this sickening reality unraveling before me.
I’ve thought of playing games again, seeing the laptop as an opportunity to escape my current frustrations. But at some point, I realized escaping wouldn’t help me fix my issues nor provide answers.
What I did instead was sit in my emotions and used the laptop to navigate how I’m feeling — and possibly find out where I’m going next.
If you’re thinking if I went to Google to search for answers… you’re damn right, I didn’t.
Yes, I didn’t. I may be questioning my entire existence and the path I’m supposed to take while my friends are settling down and getting married, but I still believe I’m going to find the answers in a different way.
Honestly, my life felt like I was a character stuck on a puzzling quest. In between my thoughts, somehow it sunk in that maybe, this laptop was just what I needed.
Seeing and using the Legion 5Pi helped me remember how much I loved playing games. How I would spend my hours diving in different worlds, building and developing my character’s skills and personality — and even socializing with players across the world.
Games were my favorite escape
I’ve met several friends from all walks of life through gaming. Looking back, it gave me the advantage to power through this crisis.
I remember Paula, one of my online game BFF turned actual BFF for 10 years and counting. She taught me about going after my passion and what sparks joy in my heart. Surprisingly, I followed her advice until life got in the way.
Reminiscing, I logged into a dear, old game before I dropped gaming as part of my life — League of Legends, if you’re wondering. Previously, I was in my hellish college years; losing myself in depression, suffering from abuse, and other existential crisis I was facing.
But playing it this time around didn’t spark any pain from the past. Instead, I felt relieved clicking through the mouse and smashing buttons on the colorful keyboard. I was glued to the Legion 5Pi’s large screen, consumed by the stunning graphics and gameplay like I was living in the world I used to enjoy.
In this brief experience, I recalled who I really am before I decided to drop parts of myself in order to fit in, to be accepted. Truth is, I really liked playing games. It has been my escape from the hell that life put me through. More importantly, it helped hone my skills and personality in life — something your education won’t usually provide.
Going back to making art
Recalling what my friend said about pursuing your passion, I realized how I wasn’t creating art anymore. I also remembered Gabriel, a mentor-slash-guildmate (who’s ten years older than me) that I really admired, especially with how he balances his life. Work, gaming, hobbies, relationships… and he even had the time to make art.
During my stint with the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, I enrolled in an online course to pursue some art classes I’ve been meaning to take for years.
I had fun learning through this gaming laptop, and I continued creating art both on this machine and on paper. It was an amusing experience to rediscover parts of myself. How I dropped arts and games to fit in and follow society’s mainstream culture; partying, feeding into wanderlust, crazing over trends.
Using the Lenovo Legion 5Pi reminded me to be true to myself. When the realizations hit me, I started building a stable ground for myself. I considered how I forgot to make my inner child happy — something that we should be doing no matter the age.
Older people used to nudge us to never forget the things that fill joy into your heart since it’s the key to living a happy life. In my case, it was always creating and playing.
Recollecting all these thoughts, I took the first step in dealing with my quarter-life crisis. Having a stable self can help you survive all these life problems, and it’s what I’m actively trying to do.
And maybe, I’ll get a gaming laptop like the Lenovo Legion 5Pi, so I can ensure I live a happy and balanced life, without forgetting who I really am.
Lenovo Legion 5Pi
The Lenovo Legion 5Pi is a competitive gaming laptop, carrying the latest Intel Core H-series processors. It focuses on extreme performance, sporting up to 32GB of RAM, 1TB of NVMe SSD, and an NVIDIA RTX 2060 for a powerful gaming experience.
It also comes with a 15-inch IPS HDR display with a 240Hz refresh rate for buttery-smooth gameplay. The display comes with 100% sRGB color accuracy, making it perfect for gamers, artists, and creators.
The Lenovo Legion 5Pi retails for PhP 74,995. It’s available in Lenovo’s official stores and authorized retailers.
vivo X60 with Zeiss Unboxing, First Impressions
Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?
vivo stays on their seat with the A-listers when it comes to camera smartphones as they unveil the vivo X60 Series with their new branding partnership with Zeiss.
Today, we’re unboxing the vivo X60.
It comes in this matte glittery box with the Zeiss branding. Lifting the lid, we get to see the frosted and textured plastic bump case, simple sim tray ejector tool, a USB-C to USB-A cable. accompanied by the fast-charging 33W FlashCharge adapter.
There’s also a pair of 3.55 earphones with extra ear tips in different sizes that goes with the USB-C to 3.5mm dongle.
Now, we put the spotlight on the main event, the vivo X60.
The vivo X60 gets your attention with its glass gradient finish. You might even catch yourself just marveling at it. Up front, you’ll be greeted with its 6.56-inch AMOLED display:
- 6.56” AMOLED
- 2376 x 1080 Full HD+
- 120 Hz Refresh Rate
- 398 PPI Density
With its smooth and satisfying 120Hz refresh rate. It’s perfect for your daily web activities or occasional gaming. In defiance of its light and sleek design, the vivo X60 comes with groundbreaking power.
Here’s a look at the specs:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 870
- Adreno 650
- 128GB / 256GB UFS 3.1 Storage
- 8GB / 12GB RAM
- 4300mAh Battery
- Funtouch OS 11.1
It can easily be your partner for multitasking on a daily basis. It also boasts of a 4300mAh battery that’s just enough for a day of browsing and scrolling on your social media pages.
But let’s put the focus on this phone’s best feature — its wide array of cutting-edge cameras as vivo forges its branding partnership with Zeiss.
- 48MP f/1.8 Main (Wide)
- 13MP f/2.46 Telephoto
- 13MP f/2.2 Ultra-wide
- 32MP f/2.5 Selfie camera
- 2x Optical Zoom
- Zeiss Optics
With the Zeiss partnership, you’ll definitely get to take stunning photos. Are you excited to snap away with the vivo x60?
This feature is a collaboration between GadgetMatch and vivo Philippines.
5 features to look for before buying wireless earbuds for your workouts
The needs are different for your athletic activities
Not all wireless earbuds are created equal. While there are plenty of options to choose from, most wireless earbuds serve a particular user.
For instance, there’s the everyday listener that requires the basic (or sometimes the best) wireless earbuds experience. Some are audiophiles who are specific about sound quality.
Also, there are fashionistas who care more about how a device looks and how it will fit their ensemble. Then, there are athletes and fitness enthusiasts, whose needs are a little bit different than the average consumer.
If you’re a casual or serious athlete, a sports and fitness enthusiast, or just someone who’s serious about a fitness journey, here are some of the features to look for before buying a pair of wireless earbuds.
IP rating, or ingress protection rating, determines the level of protection that any electrical device has against elements, like dust and water. It’s often overlooked by most consumers, working out with whatever wireless earbuds they have claiming it can handle their sweat.
I did this before with my Galaxy Buds, with an IPX2 rating, and it can only handle a little sweat. It started to malfunction a few months after use on heavy workouts, and I regret not taking care of it.
As a fitness enthusiast, I’m usually insanely drenched, heavily sweating over the course of an hour’s workout. If you’re in for intense, heavy workouts, look for wireless earbuds that have IPX7 ratings.
Wireless earbuds with this protection aren’t just water-resistant anymore — they’re waterproof. You can submerge them up to a meter for up to 30 minutes, or get drenched in sweat when you’re working out.
Some examples would be the Galaxy Buds Pro, Jabra’s Elite Active 75t, Jaybird Vista, and my trusty companion — the JBL Under Armour True Wireless Flash X, which I’ll be using as a point of comparison for the rest of the list.
Style, size, and fit
Physical activities require a lot of movements, so some of the things to consider are your wireless earbuds’ style, size, and fit. The style and size will depend on your preferences and how you feel about it.
Meanwhile, the fit needs to be secure and comfortable. Finding the right tip can help to ensure the earbuds won’t fall off your ears. That is if you like working out with in-ear earbuds like me.
My JBL UA True Wireless Flash X is quite bulky for an in-ear, but I enjoy having it plugged in so I don’t have to worry about touching it on some of my workouts. It also has a wingtip to keep it in place! On another note, my friend uses PowerBeats Pro for his workouts, since he feels safe when an earbud is hooked in his ear.
Gesture controls and navigation
What I love about wireless earbuds — whether they’re for everyday use or for my workouts — is the vibe it gives whenever I use its gesture controls. I feel like a secret agent from a sci-fi movie.
Anyhoo, accessibility is important when you’re working out to keep you focused and of course, to make your life easy. It’s an inconvenience if you have to pick up your phone every now and then just for music playback, right?
For every brand, the gesture controls are different. My everyday pair of wireless earbuds, the Galaxy Buds Live, is sensitive enough that even a light tap can pause the music, except I can’t touch it when I’m drenched in sweat.
Meanwhile, my JBL UA True Wireless Flash X requires pressing the button on the right earbud to play and pause my music. On the left earbud, it adjusts the isolation of background noise, which I’ll be talking about later.
Nonetheless, when looking for your pair of wireless earbuds, make sure you check its gesture controls and navigation, and how easy it is for you to adapt. Your lifestyle and behavior will also be a factor here!
Battery life and charging case
Another thing to consider is the wireless earbuds’ battery life and their charging cases. Can it last for a day? How many times can you charge your wireless earbuds in the charging case? And does it charge fast? These are the questions you need to ask when you’re out for a pair of wireless earbuds to accompany you in your workouts.
The JBL UA True Wireless Flash X lasts for nine hours — enough to last you one day at work if you use it for that purpose. But if you’re using it specifically for workouts. If you work out one hour every day, this can last for a week. Which happened in my case, since I have a different pair of wireless earbuds for my calls and listening sessions.
The case, on the other hand, lets you charge the earbuds up to four times. It doesn’t support fast charging though, so it will take at least two hours to fully charge the aluminum case.
Active noise cancellation
A pair of wireless earbuds with active noise cancellation (ANC), or at least the ability to isolate background noise like the JBL UA True Wireless Flash X, is extremely helpful during workouts.
It helps you keep your focus on what you’re doing. Sometimes, it feels like I’m lost in my own world — lifting weights while listening to Fall Out Boy’s “Centuries” or “My Songs Know What You Did In The Dark”.
Some may argue that you don’t really need ANC, but I beg to differ. Some people can easily get distracted and lose their focus, and the amount of mental bandwidth needed to perform a workout requires intense concentration. ANC can help you focus on reaching your fitness goals.
Other things to consider, depending on your needs
Sound quality and connectivity aren’t the top-of-mind features people look for when buying a pair of wireless earbuds for their workouts. After all, most wireless earbuds nowadays focus on that — but don’t have the necessary features I mentioned above that are essential for physical activities.
If you’re a bit of an audiophile or you’re someone who’s connected 24/7, you might want to check several alternatives like the Jabra Elite 75t, Jaybird Vista, and the Powerbeats Pro.
The JBL Under Armour True Wireless Flash X retails for PhP 9,999. In the Philippines, it’s available for purchase at Onward PH.
ASUS Zenfone 8 Flip Unboxing and First Impressions
It comes with a special case!
“Oooh what’s in the box?” is what I imagine most of you say whenever a new device comes out. So, for the Zenfone 8 Flip, we’ll show you what you can expect should you decide to cop the latest from ASUS.
This is the box. Pretty standard, with the 8 on top.
The inside follows the same color and brushed-cement looking finish.
I totally just made-up “brushed-cement” but it’s the only thing I can think of to describe the look.
First thing in the packaging is a packet with the SIM tray ejector tool.
Inside it are the user guide and the special case.
Underneath the packet is the Zenfone 8 Flip itself.
We’re gonna dive straight into the phone.
It has quite a glossy glass finish. That means smudges.
The power button has a bright blue tint that stands out from the rest of the device.
The bottom has the usual USB-C port and speaker grille.
While the left side has the SIM tray.
Here’s a closer look at the Flip camera module.
And here it is actually flipped.
Here it is with the case on.
It has a stopper to keep the module from flipping.
And the phone knows when it’s on.
It’ll give you this prompt if you switch to ‘selfie’ on the camera app with the stopper equipped.
This is what the home screen looks like. That wallpaper is actually animated.
You also have the a USB-C cable
And a power adapter.
That’s everything inside the box!
The ASUS Zenfone Flip 8 has some heft to it. Perhaps that’s to be expected given the Flip camera module. Speaking of, that camera module has a way of making you want to use it. I’m not one for selfies but I took a few for a quick test run along with some other quick snaps.
Main camera, HDR off
Ultra-wide, HDR off
Ultra-wide, auto HDR
Main camera, auto HDR
Ultra-wide, auto HDR
Indoors, Main camera
Bright light indoors
Some observations: The post-processing after you take photos does A LOT of work whether or not you have HDR turned on or off. This results in high contrast and sharpened images. On the contrary, using the same camera but with portrait mode, the resulting image looks softer.
This isn’t a good look for the image processing and I can see people opting to use Google Camera instead of the stock one on the phone.
Performance-wise, we haven’t spent a significant amount of time with the device but the whole thing feels snappy and buttery-smooth. So, it’s par for the course for something flagship. The display does look sharp and pleasing to the eyes. It is, after all, Samsung AMOLED.
That’s all we have on the Zenfone 8 Flip for now. Stay tuned for the review.
Here’s a quick look at the specs of the Zenfone 8 and Zenfone 8 Flip side by side.
|Zenfone 8||Zenfone Flip 8|
|Processor||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888||Qualcomm Snapdragon 888|
|Display||5.9” Samsung AMOLED, 120Hz||6.67” Samsung AMOLED, 90Hz|
|OS||Android 11, Zen UI 8||Android 11, Zen UI 8|
|Configuration||6GB + 128GB
8GB + 256GB
16GB + 256GB
*No storage expansion
*Up to 2TB storage expansion via MicroSD
|Cameras||64MP Sony IMX686
|64MP Sony IMX686
*Flip camera module
Pricing and availability details to follow.
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