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Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter review: Your new, city best friend

Also a smart, sustainable solution

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Technology has been progressing as fast as ever, and presently, it has propelled us to a new and smarter way of living. The global pandemic ushered a barrage of changes on countless fronts, and right now, the future is uncertain. Only one thing is certain: we’re all affected.

Lenovo hopped in with a golden opportunity to propose a smarter way to commute. Befitting the age of physical distancing; this solution doesn’t need anyone else but you when going for a ride.

Meet the Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter — mankind’s new best friend probably in 2021 and beyond.

Come, ride with us

The Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter, M2 or e-scooter for brevity, is the company’s first-generation flagship electric scooter. Launched in 2020, the electric scooter is the ideal solution to short-distance travel. It mixes convenience, comfortability, reliability, and security while crowding the device with smart features essential for a long lifespan.

Forget cars and motorcycles for a while, this electric scooter rightfully ticks all the right boxes for it to become your next road partner, especially for your quick errands.

Your big step towards building a sustainable future

First things first, an electric scooter is a sustainable form of mobility. E-scooters, like electric vehicles, are constructed without a tailpipe.

You don’t need to use gasoline and fossil fuels, therefore, you won’t be adding to pollution with carbon emissions. Except for iron particles and brake dust caused by braking. But that’s for another story.

As someone who dreams of a green, sustainable future and living in a smart city, riding the M2 felt like a step forward towards that dream. Going electric is possibly one of the greenest decisions we can make to save the environment. But will it last for a long time? It just might.

Constructed with you in mind

The M2 was engineered with a portable foldable design using strong yet light components, such as magnesium and aluminum alloy which were commonly used in aeronautics.

It employs a folding shackle that’s stable and durable, but easy to open and fold. You just need to apply pressure upwards to open the shackle.

When you successfully open the shackle, hold the vertical rod and fold it gently lest the wheel rolls and you end up dropping the e-scooter.

It has a stand, in case you need support for the e-scooter.

This is how it looks when folded.

Make sure to lock the shackle before carrying the folded M2 for safety purposes. In one of my brain-not-engaged moments, I forgot to lock the shackle and lifted the e-scooter, only to find it hitting my legs. It hurt like hell.

The M2 weighs only 15kg, which would’ve been a piece of cake if you’re a serious lifter. My current threshold for both arms ranges from 25kg to 30kg when lifting plates.

Carrying the electric scooter at first wasn’t challenging, that is if you’re just standing. When I brought it home while taking the stairs, I found myself huffing and puffing which signified two things: either I need to build more strength or the e-scooter was just too heavy for me to lift.

You’re guaranteed not to fall

Aside from assembling strong components for its frames, Lenovo devised a system to secure the safety of its users. First, it has a triple braking system — electronic brake, disc brake, and pedal-braking system — ensuring a safe ride.

During my test drives, I had too many dumb moments where the braking system saved me from crashing into a wall, a lamppost, and from flying after riding a slope.

I don’t want to get into any more details since I’m too embarrassed but here’s a little secret: the e-scooter almost flew from my sudden use of the disc and pedal brake when I was riding it too fast. Special thanks to all the engineers that helped save my life and my wallet.

Anyhoo, this e-scooter also comes with a triple-shock absorber design: a front-fork hydraulic shock absorber, a rear-wheel independent suspension shock absorber, and a thickness tire absorber. I was able to ride it smoothly even on rough surfaces and small speed bumps.

However, given that it has a low deck and small wheels, it isn’t advisable to ride the e-scooter on sunken, uneven, and muddy roads.

Nonetheless, the M2 assembled Honeycomb tires, providing stronger defense and prolonged wear life. It’s like a solid tire with air pockets, so you don’t have to worry about unknown debris puncturing your wheels. It won’t go flat. Think: Michelin’s airless (non-pneumatic) tires.

Unlike solid tires, Honeycomb tires aim to deliver a smoother experience. All without the hassle of changing them frequently, just like what you do with pneumatic tires.

It’s also more resilient and robust compared to other tires, supporting the M2’s strength and stability, and bearing weight up to 120KG of load capacity. Balancing yourself on the Lenovo M2 electric scooter can be a child’s play. But it also requires proper coordination.

Engineered for the adventurous and highly-independent (singles?)

Navigating the e-scooter at first was dumbfounding. I’m not the type who reads manuals and instead, proceeds with trying something and figuring it out along the way. And learning after making a mistake.

For the most part, I figured things out easily until I had questions in my mind that needed some answers. That’s when I had to pull the manual to make sure I’m doing it right.

Our Managing Editor even tried navigating the e-scooter and found himself struggling to balance and maneuver it. He was able to adapt quickly after a few tries, but he proclaimed he would rather use a bike.

(Editor’s Note: “Adapt Quickly” is a stretch. The editor has terrible balance).

Even so, the e-scooter astounded people like me, a highly-independent single lad wanting to head over a destination without relying on anyone else to drive from Point A to Point B.

 

It was from that moment I realized, I loved my singlehood terribly. I have the ability to decide wherever I want to go, without considering anyone else’s thoughts and opinions. And I can decide whether to move forward at my own pace, or as fast as I could.

Ride it for as long as you like

Lenovo crowded the M2 with intelligent and innovative technology. You can shift gears and monitor your speed which you can preview on the LED display found on the bar.

You can also connect the e-scooter via Bluetooth on Lenovo’s mobile app for connectivity and additional security.

When paired, you can use it to adjust and control your e-scooter through various functions, as well as check the power available to ensure you won’t run out of battery.

And if you run out of juice, you can charge it fairly quickly for three to four hours — faster than competing scooters which takes at least five hours to fully charge.

If you’re afraid of fast-charging technology, fret not. The M2 is equipped with an intelligent battery management system so it has protection against short circuits, over-currents, overcharges, over-discharges, and temperature anomalies.

The deck where the 18,650 lithium battery is stored.

Although, the distance I traveled wasn’t enough to fully consume its 18,650 lithium battery. The M2 has a powerful 350W motor and a 7.5Ah high-capacity battery and can reach up to 25km/h (supposedly) and travels up to 30km.

If you’re asking if that is the battery’s mileage, yes it is. That power alone is enough to give you a 30km ride, which means you can travel back and forth to your office from your home easily.

Forward… always forward

As mentioned, it can reach up to 25km/h supposedly. Since I live on the far east side of the Metro, I had the opportunity to test the e-scooter on slopes and open roads without distractions.

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In my experience, the maximum speed for the first gear was 7km/h; 18km/h for the second gear; and 28km/h for the third gear. I was speeding and I didn’t have trouble maneuvering the e-scooter even on slopes and asphalt roads. I just enjoyed the cool breeze hitting my face. Thank heavens, I really didn’t fly.

I also used it while there was a drizzle. I wasn’t afraid to test it out in the rain since it has an IP54 rating. In other words, it has decent protection against dust and water spray. My only warning: never ride when the roads are slippery to avoid any accidents. I tried using it down on a 60-degree slope and I sped up uncontrollably.

I’m not an Aries nor a Sagittarius, but I was really impulsive, daring, and reckless at that time. Not gonna lie, “I live my life on the edge” was my motto a few years ago and it seemed like the daredevil awakened that day.

Speaking of angles, the e-scooter won’t have any trouble riding and turning on a 15-degree slope. My mistake last time was hastily sliding down a 60-degree slope and having a hard time building momentum to go up.

Apparently, the e-scooter wasn’t supposed to be able to handle anything beyond a 15-degree slope. It was the maximum climbing angle and I tried to push it beyond its limits. Well, you’ll never know if you never try, right?

Is this your GadgetMatch?

If you’re looking for a smarter way to commute, lessen carbon emissions, and travel without adding up to the never-ending bumper-to-bumper traffic, the Lenovo M2 E-Scooter is the way to go. It has everything you need for your short-distance travels within your neighborhood, going to work, or for your errands in the city.

This e-scooter might be a first-generation product, but it doesn’t disappoint. It can be the first step you can take towards a sustainable, greener future, and the first step towards living a smart, connected lifestyle. Just remember: Wear your helmet when riding the e-scooter for safety and security. The Lenovo M2 Electric Scooter is available in black and retails for PhP 19,995.

From March 18 to 27, 2021, the Lenovo M2 E-Scooter is available for pre-order for only PhP 16,995 as part of its launch promotion. You can also get a free bundle of a Herschel Gibson Messenger bag and a Lenovo Trackpods exclusively on the Lazada app.

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Nissan Assist app launched in Philippines

All-in-one service app

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Nissan Assist app

Nissan Philippines is digitizing their customer service by launching Nissan Assist, its first customer-dedicated app which will be available both on the Google Play Store and App Store.

This new app will provide a fully digital end-to-end customer service experience for customers nationwide, as part of the company’s continuing digital transformation.

This also means customers will now have a one-stop shop to access all Nissan services, including the following:

  • Access to vehicle information
  • Request a quote
  • Book a test drive
  • Track vehicle sales orders
  • Roadside assistance
  • Dealership locator

There will also be news on model launches, as well as sales campaigns and promo updates.

For existing owners, it would also be even easier to book services and take note of one’s maintenance history as the records will also be included in the app.

Lastly, a loyalty program and exclusive deals will also come with the app. Users can earn and track points which they can use to redeem Nissan merchandise, services, and other offers.

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New Xiaomi AIoT products include TV, Scooter, Smart Pet Feeder

There’s also a Smart Pet Fountain

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Xiaomi AIoT

A new range of Xiaomi AIoT products have been announced to be available in the Philippines later this month, including a brand-new TV, smart doorbell, electric scooter, smart pet feeder, and even a smart pet fountain.

Here’s a quick rundown of the new products which shall be available starting on August 20, 2022 on Xiaomi concept stores, Shopee, and Lazada:

  • Mi TV P1E 65”
  • Xiaomi Conference TapCast
  • Xiaomi Smart Doorbell 3
  • Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Pro
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Feeder
  • Xiaomi Smart Pet Fountain
  • Xiaomi Air Purifier 4 Compact

Better productivity

The Conference Tapcast is a plug-and-play device that can be connected to TVs, projects, and monitors for a wireless screencast. It will available for PhP 5,499 with a free Bluetooth speaker worth PhP 899 for early bird buyers.

Speaking of TVs, the Mi TV P1E 65” serves as a 4K HDR10 display with 60Hz MEMC technology for smooth visuals and great connectivity.

The TV features Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio support, and comes with Android TV 2 for endless content. It also has Chromecast built-in for direct streaming from other devices. It is priced at PhP 33,999 and comes with a PhP 1,000 discount from August 20 to 21.

Safer, cleaner homes

For home security, the Smart Doorbell 3 comes with a built-in 2K camera and infrared lights for clear video even in the dark. The camera offers multiple views such as ultra-wide and diagonal 180 degrees, plus AI motion detection.

The doorbell also has an intercom for visitors. The device runs on a 5,200mAh built-in battery that is rechargeable via USB. It will be available for PhP 5,199 with a free Mi motion-activated night light 2 until supplies last.

The new Smart Air Purifier 4 Compact filters up to 99.97 percent of small particles with its 3-in-1 layer-by-layer filtration system. It also has real-time air quality monitoring, while adjusting settings is a breeze with its control buttons and indicator light.

The air purifier will sell for PhP 4,799 and will come with a free filter worth PhP 1,299.

Smart solutions for fur babies

For families with pets, Xiaomi also released the Smart Pet Food Feeder and Smart Pet Fountain, which feature 24-hour automatic pet feeding and healthy water housekeeping.

The Smart Pet Feeder comes with a six-grid dispensing structure. It can be controlled wirelessly using the Mi Home or Xiaomi Home app. Owners can set the time or quantity of food it dispenses.

On the other hand, the Smart Pet Fountain provides clean running water to pets, thanks to its four-stage deep filtering. Like the pet feeder, the fountain can be paired with either app.

The Smart Pet Feeder will retail for PhP 5,199 while the Smart Pet Fountain is priced at PhP 3,299. As an introductory deal, customers may also get a free Mi 360 camera (1080P) worth PhP 1,799 with a purchase of each item.

Xiaomi Electric Scooter 4 Pro

Rounding out Xiaomi’s newly-released products is the Electric Scooter 4 Pro which comes with more power and speed than its predecessor. It features a dual-braking system, self-sealing tire, energy recovery, and a magnetic charging port.

The electric scooter with an aluminum alloy body can go for a maximum speed of 25 kph and can take you up to 55 kilometers on a full charge. It can be bought for PhP 35,999 with a free Mi Commuter Helmet for early bird purchases.

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Celebrating spesh occasions with the Ford Territory

Friends, blue skies, and creature comforts for a cozy drive down south

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I can still remember the first time I rode the Ford Territory. I was astounded by the vehicle’s creature comforts that gave drivers and passengers a cozy experience.

We traversed between cities, looking for good food. Despite the hellish traffic that comes with driving in Metro Manila, we were entertained by the technology packed inside the automobile.

More than a year later, the Ford Territory found its way to my garage. It’s like a gift of adventure, in time for my birthday.

Day 1

9:00 am. south kids, ready to go.

July 23. It was a Saturday morning when I received a call from my best friend, Mark, asking me to get ready. They arrived shortly and tried to wind down watching Netflix at home while I prepare everything we need for the trip.

The last time I celebrated my birthday was three years ago. When the pandemic robbed us of time and moments to be with the people we love, I found it difficult to find joy in glamorizing my day. As the world eases up, I knew I had to take this chance to get out and be fabulous.

Before we set off for an adventure down south, we took a photo in front of the Territory.

It was only the three of us who are going for a ride, though. Two of my friends, Oliver and Marlon, weren’t able to join my momentous occasion due to a conflict in the schedule but they decided to stop by and greet me.

10:00 am. navigator at your service.

We were headed to pick up the parents of my godson along Santana Grove in Parañaque. Of course, I wasn’t the driver. I took on the shotgun to be the navigator and the DJ. And so I can always look at myself in the side mirror.

The first half of the trip consisted of exploring the Territory’s technology. A drive isn’t complete without good music, so we used Apple CarPlay in its infotainment system to connect our iPhones. Plenty of devices can get in the way of easily connecting your iPhone to the vehicle, but it’s still easy to pair.

READ: 13 Reasons Why I keep coming back to an iPhone

What we found troublesome was using both Maps and Spotify. The music gets interrupted whenever Maps prompts with a new direction to take. Since music is more important to us, I used my Android phone to use Maps and have a separate, dedicated navigation tool.

If you have a car mount like Moshi’s SnapTo Universal Car Mount, you can clip it so it’ll hold your smartphone.

11:30 am. blue skies.

Our destination for the weekend was Calatagan. That means we have to pass through Tagaytay, which is horrible on the weekends. We took several detours and long cuts just so we have to make it to our favorite stop, Mahogany, in time to meet our other friends driving their sedan.

Finally seeing good weather, we blasted ‘Teenage Dream’ by Katy Perry and opened the windows, as well as the sunroof, while traversing CALAX.

I was already having a good time, and it was just the morning.

1:00 pm. time for bulalô.

Our mood went down; energies depleted. We finally encountered Tagaytay’s unbearable traffic on the weekends. It took us at least half an hour to arrive at Mahogany Beer Market, and we even struggled with finding a parking slot.

When we found a space to park, I loved how the Ford Territory assisted us, thanks to its Ford Co-Pilot 360, an advanced suite of standard driver-assist technologies. Parking in reverse — parallel even — allows the screen to provide a simulated aerial view of the Territory’s surroundings on the screen.

The Mahogany Beef Market is popular for serving fresh meat such as beef, chicken, and pork. On the second floor of the beef market, you can find a slew of food stalls serving Bulalô — a Filipino soup dish made from beef leg bones and marrow.

Mahogany wasn’t fancy in any way, but the food is overwhelmingly delicious and they serve it at a cheaper price compared to restaurants found in Tagaytay. The place is also nostalgic. I remember my drunken nights from Papa Doms, stopping over at Mahogany so I can get sober.

READ: 24 Hours in Tagaytay

3:00 pm. safe drives in the rain.

It took us more than an hour to reach Calatagan coming from Tagaytay. The drive was filled with chill OPM blasting through its speakers. We weren’t able to use the sunroof since we encountered heavy rains and thunderstorms when passing through Nasugbu.

The infotainment system came in handy when I was adjusting the vehicle’s air-conditioning system, the ambient lighting, and sometimes, the seat’s heater. My friend kept increasing my seat’s heater while I try to take a nap, which annoyed me since my butt’s getting really warm.

On another note, my friend was able to keep his eyes on the road and take control of the vehicle’s settings even if we were all asleep, thanks to the easily reachable buttons in and around the steering wheel.

4:00 pm. hello, calatagan.

By four in the afternoon, we were able to arrive at our destination called The Beach along Lucsuhin-Hukay Rd. There are military checkpoints along the way, so be sure to stop when they tell you to do so — even if you’re obstructing the traffic. They’re pretty angsty if you’re considerate of other vehicles.

Nevertheless, the staff at The Beach greeted us with a welcoming smile when we arrived. Even in the lobby, the staff were polite, courteous, and accommodating. When we got the keys to our room, we were served refreshments while we bask at the sound of the waves crashing down the shores, along with the murmurs of friends and families chatting and having fun.

We tried to settle in and change our clothes so we can relax.

6:00 pm. dillydallying at the beach.

As the sun sets, we were vibing, dancing to the beat, and drinking beer, while gawking at the scenery unraveling before us.

When the night came, we ate our freshly-served dinner and I blew the candles from the cake my friends surprised me with. It’s funny how they stole the Instax films I have at home as my cake’s topper to make it really about me.

My birthday night ended with moments of revelry, alcohol, music, and good companionship. I couldn’t ask for more.

Day 2

07:00 am. mornings by the beach.

The Beach, home to aesthetically-pleasing sets and decors, looked immaculate when I went out to enjoy the rising sun. The sea was calm, the breeze was cool, and there are happy vibes all over the place.

The resort offers a freshly-brewed Kapeng Barako, a coffee varietal grown in Batangas province coming from the Coffea Liberica species. There’s also a complimentary breakfast for the guests.

The Beach had an Instagrammable dining area by the sea, and we opted to eat our breakfast there.

9:00 am. laughter and splashes.

Making the most out of our stay, we decided to head to the beach. We weren’t thrilled with the kayak, and instead, we swam up to the inflatable which proved to be challenging for almost everyone trying to make their way up.

We took several photos, had fun splashing around, and enjoyed swimming.

Moments later, we decided to try the Infinity pool. Of course, we still had our photos taken.

12:00 pm. it’s time to go.

Check-out is at 12 noon. We dressed up because we were a little extra. We took group photos in several parts of the resort to commemorate the celebration.

Of course, we all posed in front of the Ford Territory. Rising pop-rock sensation, Noela, and her boyfriend stood out of the sunroof. If this was a 7-seater, we would’ve really enjoyed using only one vehicle, and our drives may have been filled with waves of laughter and stories.

2:00 pm. wind in my hair, i was there.

We were on the way home, and there were only three of us inside the Territory since the couple we picked up before were joining my friend in another vehicle. We were taking separate ways after eating our lunch at Tagaytay, again.

 

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I took this moment to sing along to my favorite songs, as I open the sunroof. We were savoring the cool breeze despite the blazing heat of the sun. It was literally a Taylor Swift moment of “Wind in my hair, I was there” because I remember it all too well.

4:00 pm. do you have oat milk?

Like on ‘Death By A Thousand Cuts’, we took a long way home. But no, we didn’t ask the traffic lights if it’ll be alright. We passed by Amadeo, the coffee capital of the Philippines. We stopped over by Kaffe Belardo so my friends can buy their coffee beans.

I bought a ready-to-go beverage, taking a sip of their cold brew mixed with almond and oat milk. It’s rare to see local cafes offering milk options, especially for those allergic to regular, fresh milk.

With the scent of coffee and the cool breeze thanks to a lineup of trees surrounding the highway, Amadeo is a good place to drive when you just want to get away from it all. I wish I went here when I was losing myself before.

9:00 pm. singing in the car, getting lost upstate.

The Sunday traffic was arguably hellish, especially if you’re down south. The full tank was almost depleted after over a hundred-kilometer drive, which made us giddy since we didn’t have to stop over at gas stations to refuel while we were on our way. It made the trip efficient, and our planned schedule was followed — even with bumper-to-bumper traffic.

The Ford Territory offers a cozy experience — whether you’re a driver or a passenger. It makes being on the road fun and comfortable, thanks to its creature comforts that are easily accessible to anyone. Moreover, the technology infused in the vehicle makes everyone feel safe.

I never pegged the Territory as a long-drive companion, but it proved that it can handle city drives and road trips excellently, more than what we asked for.

To know more about the latest offers, visit ford.com.ph/shopping/latest-offer/ or any Ford dealership nearest you.

SEE ALSO: Ford Territory: Feel at ease while traveling in style | Ford Territory: A techie finds his dream car

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