Competitive or casual, gaming is now a full-on pastime while people are stuck indoors. As such, you need some proper peripherals to keep up with your level of play. We’ve mentioned this before, but an essential peripheral to have is a dedicated and powerful gaming monitor.
When it comes to choosing which one is the right fit, certain things come into play. Display resolution, refresh rates, color accuracy — these are but some of the many factors to consider. In Lenovo’s case, they have a wide range of monitors for you to choose from, with their own unique perks.
Two of such monitors are the Lenovo Legion Y27gq-25 and the Lenovo Q27q-10, which come with their own features suited for gaming. The question is: which one best suits your style of play? Let this serve as your guide:
The Lenovo Legion Y27gq-25: A hardcore’s choice
For all those who practice day in and out, for those who wish to be competitive in every game, Lenovo Legion is the place to be. The company’s dedicated gaming lineup brings key features to their peripherals to complement the competitive side in you. With their gaming monitors, the Lenovo Legion Y27gq-25 stands out as a great choice.
This monitor brings great value to all kinds of gamers, specifically the competitive ones out there. With a high 240Hz refresh rate and 1 ms response rate, along with NVIDIA G-Sync HDR support, this 27-inch QHD monitor gives you a smooth gaming experience. With bright colors and almost no ounce of image tearing, it definitely caters to the ones who strive to be great.
Along with the monitor, you have a ton of other features and peripherals to look at. One of such products is the dedicated Harman/Kardon desktop speaker with great audio quality. Also, it comes with RGB lighting, giving more color to your gaming setup. It also has a headphone hook and supports multiple inputs like HDMI 2.0 and DisplayPort 1.4.
Lenovo’s Q27q-10 Monitor: A casual’s perfect fit
Let’s say you’ve got a lot of things to do within the day, apart from playing video games. Surely, a dedicated gaming monitor might be too much for you, but you still want a decent one with a great refresh rate and good color accuracy. In essence, this is what the Lenovo Q27q-10 offers: a great work-and-play display.
Designed for a dual purpose, the Q27q-10 comes with decent gaming features like a 75Hz refresh rate and AMD FreeSync support. Like the Legion Y27gq-25, it also comes with a wide 27-inch QHD display — which is a ton of space. With decent port selection, this fits right with any system, especially for those who casually play games.
It’s a great pickup for anyone looking for a great display for their first PC builds. Although it won’t come with anything extra inside, it’s easy to set up and color-calibrated right out of the box. If you’re more on the casual side of gaming, this would be the best fit for you.
That next-gen factor: which best fits your shiny new toy?
For a handful of you, you’re looking for a monitor that best fits what your next-generation console brings to the table. Both the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X deliver 120 FPS at 4K with displays that support HDMI 2.1. You see these with some TVs and some gaming monitors that are still on the way.
Sadly, both these monitors can’t give you 4K at 120 FPS since both their HDMI ports are not HDMI 2.1. However, if any of these come close to the 120 FPS you’re looking for, the Legion Y27gq-25 is the monitor that can give you that. It is possible to use the Lenovo Q27q-10 here, but you will be holding the system back if you try to go for 120 FPS.
The Lenovo Legion Y27gq-25 retails for PhP 49,495 while the Lenovo Q27q-10 retails for PhP 14,995.
GadgetMatch Awards: Best of CES 2021
Flying cars, rolling phones, and Ice Cream right at home
CES has always been the place for dreaming about the future of tech and this year, despite the annual convention being held virtually instead of in Las Vegas like usual, is no different.
We saw plenty of exciting innovations ranging from stuff that we can purchase soon, something for the new normal, and an effin flying car. Yes. If that doesn’t get your gears running we don’t know what will.
So here are our favorites from the tech show.
Best Gaming Laptop: ROG Flow X13
Gaming laptops have been getting slimmer and slimmer over the years but this one — it’s a gaming laptop the size of an Ultrabook. ASUS managed to pack gaming power — AMD Ryzen 9/Cezanne-HS mobile processor, RTX 3080 — in a 15mm thin and 1.35kg body.
To heighten the gaming experience further, you can pair it with the ROG XG Mobile GPU that gives the Flow X13 the power of a full-sized gaming rig. That’s bonkers.
Best Auto Concept: GM flying Cadillac Taxi
The idea of flying cars has long intrigued the human race. You need not look far than the prevalence of such a vehicle in sci-fi pop culture to see how much we long for it.
General Motors’ flying Cadillac taxi concept is a vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle, eliminating the need for any runway. It’ll run on a 90kWh battery with 56mph top speed. New flying regulations will have to come but we can’t wait for this to take to the skies.
Best New Smartphone Form Factor: LG Rollable
Smartphones are going through a period of change. What once was just a rectangular piece of slab has seen itself fold, flip, and now… roll.
We’ve seen LG showcase a rollable concept before but the LG Rollable could be the closest thing that might actually… roll out to the market. Details are scarce for now but expect plenty of news and rumors to build up as it gets closer to launch.
Best Laptop: ASUS ZenBook Duo
The ZenBook Duo, first showcased at Computex 2019, sort of took a gap year in 2020. What we saw instead was a gaming version with the Zephyrus Duo. It makes a comeback now more refined and with internals fit for the new year.
The new ASUS ZenBook Duo is a refinement of this new laptop form factor in every way imaginable — one that, theoretically, should be much more useful than its predecessor.
Best Chromebook: Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2
The Samsung Galaxy Chromebook 2 has all the bells and whistles of the first generation but it now comes with a QLED panel. Yep, Samsung’s TV display tech has made its way to a notebook. This could just be the beginning.
Buds, Plus, Live, and now Pro — not exactly the progression that makes the most sense name-wise but Samsung may now finally have the TWS that can go toe-to-toe against the AirPods Pro and Freebuds Pro.
The Galaxy Buds Pro promises intelligent ANC that adjusts according to your environment and a playtime that’s par for the course for the other buds it’s going up against.
Best Wearable: MaskFone
Ever since the pandemic hit, face masks have come in all shapes, sizes and features — the MaskFone is no exception.
The MaskFone has a mic in the facepiece and two earbuds hanging on wires by the earloops. The mask is made of a water-resistant, breathable, and washable material and includes a pocket for PM2.5 filters. As far as tech goes, this one’s pretty in your face.
Best Kitchen Appliance: ColdSnap
What’s better than getting sweet, icy treats on a dreary day? It’s making those sweet, icy treats at your own home with ColdSnap.
It works like coffee pod machines but instead of coffee, it serves ice cream and other frozen treats from recyclable aluminium pods. Now, you can Ice Cream and chill at your leisure.
Best Smart TV: Samsung NEO QLED
Samsung’s QLED was already pretty good but turning things up to eleven is their Neo QLED. With this new display tech, Samsung promises improved picture quality — dark areas are darker, bright areas brighter, and so on. Of course, we’ll have to see it for ourselves but it already sounds promising.
Best Wellness Device: Lora DiCarlo Drift, Tilt, Sway
If you can get past snickering like a tween, you’ll realize this offers many… benefits. Inspired by human warmth, the new model mimics the heat we experience from our partners’ bodies. Lora DiCarlo used a nylon-based thermally conductive polymer and its WarmSense Technology, simulating body temperature.
I’m sure we can all use some warmth in these cold nights.
Best Cleaning Device: Samsung JetBot 90 AI+
Keeping your place squeaky clean doesn’t get any smarter than this. The JetBot 90 AI+ is a vacuum cleaner that uses object recognition technology to identify and classify objects to decide the best cleaning path. LiDAR and 3D sensors allow JetBot 90 AI+ to avoid cables and small objects, while still cleaning hard-to-reach corners in your home.
Best Camera/Drone: Airpeak
Professional videographers who’s weapon of choice are Sony Alphas are probably dying to have their hands on Airpeak. It’s a drone that can be equipped with Sony’s professional grade, mirrorless cameras. This opens up new possibilities in terms of aerial footage.
Best Monitor: Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD
It appears we’re facing a future that’ll have us sitting in front of monitors for longer than we realize. That’s why having one that’s easy on the eyes could be extra beneficial. The ComfortView Plus on the Dell UltraSharp 40 Curved WUHD monitor can help with that. Not to mention, it is color accurate and should aid you nicely in your work-from-home setup.
Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro Review: Better than AirPods Pro?
Finally, real Active Noise Cancellation out of the box
Samsung has unveiled the newest Galaxy Buds Pro alongside the announcement of the latest Galaxy S21 series.
Other than the new design, better sound quality, and surround sound setup, there’s now a real and intelligent Active Noise Cancellation.
But do these earbuds live up to its ‘Pro’ branding? Watch our Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro review by clicking the video link right here.
Samsung Galaxy S21 Series Hands-on
Most of the leaks were true after all
Samsung started 2021 early with their newest Galaxy S21 series.
Unlike last year where the S20 models were announced last February, these new S21 units were unveiled as early as January 2021. Although we’ve covered most of the leaks and rumors about Samsung’s latest flagship trio, we still need to confirm them.
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