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Moshi Arcus: The perfect travel bag for creatives

A bag match made in heaven

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Finding the perfect laptop bag these days is a horrid modern matchmaking story. Each person, depending on their needs, interests, and preferences wants specific things for their packs. It’s then a matter of scoping out what’s available for you. Bag finding, like dating, is easier said than done.

Also in bag shopping (and in dating, but I digress), when an opportunity presents itself, you take it. When Moshi promoted a line of products designed for creatives which included a spacious multi-function backpack, I took the opportunity to test it out.

The Moshi Arcus backpack is one serious-looking bag. It comes in a responsible black (or a more laid-back gray) and is made out of textured cloth, a material that feels soft but sturdy. It’s structured and seemingly engineered for support (unlike your lazy ex) so it’s always in shape (also unlike your ex).

It’s a big bag so there’s space for choices in this thing. Yes, you can fit all your excess baggage in this pack (and I’m not talking about your dating history here). It’s so spacious that I have, in fact, fit three days’ worth of clothes plus my laptop and vlog gear in it.

The Arcus’ best trait, however, is compartmentalization (which is a good treat to have too, girl). It’s “spaciousness” is owed to the bag’s many pockets. I kid you not, there’s a compartment for everything.

There’s a side pocket that allows for easy stuff-grabbing. Also available is a camera insert which makes this the ultimate shooter’s bag — anyone who’s ever covered an event would tell you it’s a pain to keep grabbing the camera from your pack.

Sunglasses and easy-to-break materials? Those have a spot, too! This top pocket ensures none of your fragile stuff ever gets crushed (your heart is an exception) in your backpack.

There are also a host of other smaller zipped pockets for other random things…

… and an open pocket on one side for your water bottles, or even a tripod.

A hidden pocket on the back is a feature I love, especially for when I travel and I need to keep documents like my passport somewhere reachable but safe.

My favorite feature, however, remains to be the separate laptop compartment found on the bag’s back side. Think of it as a computer bag that’s stuck onto your pack. It’s pretty convenient, especially for trips, as you don’t have to rummage through your packed bag just to get to your laptop, which is something I do a lot because I work on the go. There are also a number of other pockets in the laptop compartment itself which ensure your life is always organized (at least, in that context).

As serious-looking as it is, it’s also something that’s built with comfort in mind. The cushioned back and padded straps will make sure you’re never hurt (which isn’t something I can say about the boys you’ve dated).

All in all, the Moshi Arcus bag is a winner. It’s built for business and utility, in a serious-looking package. Its many compartments make for an optimized bag-toting experience without compromising user comfort.

Now that I think about it, seeing as I actually love the Arcus, backpack-matchmaking isn’t so hard. I wish I could say the same for people.

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Xiaomi launches 5000mAh ZMI Power Bank, it’ll also warm your hands

Winter is coming…

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ZMI is one of Xiaomi’s ecosystem companies, and it is popular for making professional power banks. Xiaomi also sells power banks directly, and they’re in extremely high demand due to consistent quality, features, and affordable price.

Now, the brand is trying to do something new — a power bank that’ll also double up as a body or hand warmer more precisely. So, the power bank has a capacity of 5000mAh, enough for an iPhone once. If you’re living in the temperate or tundra region, the climate gets extremely cold during the winters. The gadget can also be used as a hand warmer.

It’s equipped with a PTC self-limiting temperature heating technology that’s patented and safe. The power bank consists of PID constant temperature control for precise control of the heating element. It can go up to 52-degrees Celsius, which is safe and comfortable for the human body.

The ZMI Power Bank can adjust the temperature according to your liking and deliver two to four hours of heating in one go. It has an LED light that can be used as a torch for convenience, and it can charge all gadgets like an ordinary portable charger.

For now, the sale is limited to Mainland China, and it costs CNY 89 (US$ 13.5).

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Huawei Freebuds Pro Unboxing and First Impressions

Sounds as good as it looks

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Huawei has been killing it in the personal audio department and everyone should really start paying attention. Adding to the lineup is the Huawei Freebuds Pro. It’s their answer of sorts to the likes of the AirPods Pro and the Sony WF-1000XM3.

This is what the front of the box looks like. It’s a pretty tiny box.

Freebuds Pro

A closer look shows the name of the product in gold. 

Flip it over and you’ll see some highlighted features. 

Take out the top cover and you’re immediately greeted by the Freebuds Pro. 

Here’s a look without the plastic covering.

Freebuds Pro

It’s a little tricky to take out but underneath all that is the USB to USB-C Cable and a box.

Pull out the cable and the box and you get this.

Here’s a closer look at the cable. 

And here are extra soft silicone plugs so you can find the perfect fit for your ears.

Now, let’s go back to the Freebuds Pro. Here’s the back of the charging case with the Huawei text. 

You flip it over to open it and reveal the earbuds. 

The buds are tinier — the tiniest they’ve released over the past year.

On the bottom of the case is the USB-C port. 

And on its right side is the bluetooth pairing button. 

But if you simply open the case next to a Huawei phone — here it’s the Huawei Mate 40 — it’ll immediately detect it and ask to pair. 

When you press connect, it’ll show you right away how to operate the Freebuds Pro. 

After that, it’ll show you the battery life of each Freebud Pro and the case. 

As mentioned earlier, in terms of the size of the stem, it’s a lot smaller than the previous two releases. 

The cases also vary in shape and size.

Here’s what they look like when worn. 

First impressions 

I’ve only had the Freebuds Pro for a little over 24 hours at the time of writing. I’ve since used it on a video call meeting and to listen to the Eyes Wide Open album by TWICE.

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So far, it’s performing exactly as advertised. It carries over the noise-cancellation excellence from the Freebuds 3 and Freebuds 3i. In fact, the Freebuds Pro combines the best practices of the aforementioned devices thanks to a number of engineering and design choices.

Sound quality is also right around what I expected based on my previous experiences with other Huawei audio products. It’s certainly two steps above the Freebuds 3i in terms of overall sound quality.

SEE ALSO: Freebuds 3 review | Freebuds 3i review

Music comes off as crisp and clean as the Freebuds 3 but we’ll have to try it out for a little longer for a more definitive take. Same goes for the battery life.

The controls are also more intuitive. If you are coming from the Freebuds 3, it is a little different. Here’s a photo of me assuming the controls are the same. Nope, I didn’t pay attention to the prompts during set-up. What an idiot.

Price and availability 

In the Philippines, it retails for PhP 7,999 — around PhP 1,000 cheaper than the launch price of the Freebuds 3 (PhP 8,990).

Pre-order period is from November 27 to December 3. If you pre-order you’ll get freebies worth PhP 3,989.

  • Huawei Band 4 — PhP 1,890
  • Entertainment Gift Package — PhP 2,099

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Apple HomePod mini Review: Best Small Smart Speaker?

Another ‘mini’ in Apple’s portfolio

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Small in size, but not terrible performance! Here is Apple’s latest smart speaker, the HomePod mini.

At around US$ 99, it’s simply not the cheapest smart speaker around. But is it worth the price and the hype?

Find out more in our Apple HomePod mini review by clicking this link.

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