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Mountain Everest Max: Your dream keyboard doesn’t exi-

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The Mountain Everest Max is a highly customizable keyboard. In fact, they pride themselves in their ability to optimize and customize their modular keyboard with a detachable media dock, numpad, and palm rest. If you think that’s all, oh boy, are you in for a treat. The Mountain Everest Max manages to deliver on good and solid baselines but, also design customizability that anyone can appreciate.

Let’s talk about the switches

When you get your sweaty hands on one of these, they come with hot-swappable Cherry MX switches factory-tuned with Krytox™ GPL 205 Grade 0. Which is, in true five-head fashion, a good baseline for a quality customizable keyboard. If that isn’t your cup of tea, the keyboard set comes with a keycap puller and a few other switches you can test out. They even make it easy for you to replace the stock switches with any other compatible hot-swap variants.

The cake isn’t a lie!

I had the Mountain Everest Max with me for a week or two and it has genuinely made all the difference in not just my working life; but also, my gaming and streaming life. The numpad and media dock are perfect accessories to switch out getting a stream deck. There, I said it.

It should come as no surprise that you can opt-out of these “fru fru” detachable features. But, as someone whose crusty fingers have been blessed with the chance to click-clack play with them, you will regret nothing if you do get the fancy premium set.

Who for?

For you, baby boy/girl/nonbinary human! This set is just an absolute *chef’s kiss*. Bro, I don’t think you understand how it just hits all different to find something that gives people the space to play around their set-up.

If you’re not quite into mechanical keyboards, this is the perfect gateway into it. Every facet of the Mountain Everest Max welcomes and optimizes your comfortability and modularity. Which, in my book, deserves mad respects.

Too good to be true?

Alright, everything aside, there are a few things I struggled with using the Mountain Everest Max keyboard. And, let me clarify that this is just me being extremely nitpicky. Because holy sheesh, this set serves on most points.

The detachable numpad (which you can attach on either side of the keyboard) and magnetic palm rest are a bit annoying. Hold that thought and put down your pitchforks. Listen, listen. As great accessories as they are, they often get detached and disconnected when you nudge your keyboard… That’s pretty much it. As long as you keep everything in one place and don’t move your setup as much as a restless chipmunk as I do, you’re all good.

Is this the keyboard for you?

The Mountain Everest Max is a good modular mechanical keyboard. Like, we’re talking scathe the sphincter close to perfection here. If you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard perfect for multitasking work, play, and streaming, this is it.

You may need to make your wallets brace for impact though, because… yes. Even if you’re not a keyboard connoisseur, this may be a pricey keyboard worth rebuilding and working on down the line. I do think it’s worth mentioning that the keyboard price is thoroughly justified with everything it allows you to play with and customize.

The full package!

The Mountain Everest Max already has a bunch of sweet accessories but with the Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse and the Nunatak XL mousepad, you’ve got a spicy dream team! The Mountain Everest Max costs PhP 14,990; Mountain Makalu 67 gaming mouse costs PhP 2,990; and the Nunatak XL mousepad is PhP 1,490.

In Singapore, Mountain Everest Max costs SG$ 399. You may purchase them at Lazada or Shopee.

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Razer introduces two new Ornata V3 keyboards

Slim, clicky, and ergonomic

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Ornata V3

Razer is releasing two new entry-level gaming keyboards in the Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X, which will both have Razer’s Mecha-membrane switches.

The new keyboards come with all the basics expected of an affordable gaming accessory. That’s everything from their keycaps design, RGB backlight, and more.

The two low-profile gaming keyboards come with smaller footprint and slimline keycap designs. The ABS keycaps are UV-coated for scratch resistance, while the Ornata V3 X’s keycaps are spill-resistant.

The keyboards also feature Razer Chroma RGB with 10 lighting zones. The V3 X has four lighting effects: Breathing, Spectrum Cycling, Static, and Wave.

Aside from these, they have backlit dedicated media keys for more convenient controls such as playing and pausing, skipping, or adjusting brightness or volume.

Adding value to the Ornata V3 and V3 X is their magnetic soft-touch wrists rest. These are not often included for keyboards in their price range.

Pricing, availability

The Razer Ornata V3 and Ornata V3 X keyboards are now available on Razer’s official website, Shopee, Lazada, and through their authorized sellers.

The Ornata V3 will retail for PhP 2,590 while the Ornata V3 X is priced at PhP 4,199.

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SteelSeries unveils Arctis Nova Pro series

The almighty future of audio

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Arctis Nova Pro

SteelSeries has released the Arctis Nova Pro series. It’s latest and most advanced gaming and esports headsets yet from the company.

The series has two variants — the Arctis Nova Pro and Arctis Nova Pro Wireless. The new series is enhanced by SteelSeries’ Sonar Audio Software Suite. It helps deliver the ultimate sound quality and clarity.

The software is the first in-gaming Pro-grade Parametric EQ which gives gamers even more control over sound across games, team chat, and the microphone and allows them to adjust individual frequencies on the fly seamlessly.

Both variants come with immersive 360° Spatial Audio which is fully compatible with Tempest 3D audio for PS5 or Microsoft Spatial Sound.

They also feature Multi-System Connect which allows users to switch between platforms easily. Complementing the next-level sound experience is an AI-powered noise cancelling and broadcast-quality bidirectional microphone.

Price and availability

The Arctis Nova Pro will retail for US$ 279.99 for both the PC/PlayStation and Xbox options, while the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is priced at US$ 379.99.

In Singapore, pricing are as follows:

  • Arctis Nova Pro – SG$ 439
  • Arctis Nova Pro (Xbox) – SG$ 449 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless – SG$ 599 (available in Sep 2022)
  • Arctis Nova Pro Wireless (Xbox) – SG $620

There are also booster packs for users to be able to customize the headsets with headbands and metallic color speaker plates of their choice.

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Huawei Sound Joy vs JBL Flip 5

Which one is the smarter choice?

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Summertime is party time. And parties are never complete without music you can vibe with. To get that party vibe, you gotta have the right speakers. So now, we choose: The Huawei Sound Joy or the JBL Flip 5? 

At first glance, it looks like an event match. But a closer look will reveal which one is the smarter choice. 

Let’s get the obvious out of the way. First thing that people consider is how much they’re shelling out.

Price and sound quality

And these two speakers have the same suggested retail price — PhP 6,999. Tough start. But let’s see how these two are different.

Naturally, the next most important thing to consider is sound quality. JBL has proven themselves in this space. They are a go-to brand, especially for audio devices. 

Meanwhile, Huawei is backed by a history of excellence in hardware products. The Flip 5 has one 20W full frequency speaker. And two passive radiators.

Huawei has the same aforementioned components and adds a 10W tweeter to the mix. Additionally, the Sound Joy is tuned by Devialet — a brand known for its high-fidelity products.

The two brands are no strangers to each other. They also worked together on the Huawei Sound X. 

Check out the video above to hear how each one sounds like.

Battery Life

Battery life might be something not too many think about when getting a speaker. But it’s definitely something to look at. Especially when you plan to take the speaker outdoors. 

You don’t want it running out of juice just as the party is getting started.

The Flip 5 has a 4,800mAh battery with a promised play time of about 12 hours. It charges via USB-C. 

Meanwhile, the Sound Joy nearly doubles those numbers with 8,800mAh of battery with a play time of about 26 hours. Charging should also be a breeze with its support for 40W dash charge, also via USB-C.

Connectivity

Connectivity should be a no-brainer, right? Just a bluetooth connection that works and we’re all good. Well. Not exactly. 

This is where the Sound Joy really kicks it into high gear. 

The JBL Flip 5, as expected, has bluetooth support. BTS.1 to be exact. But the Huawei Sound Joy immediately trumps that with BTS.2. 

And it gets even better with these four features: Shake Stereo Link Up, Automatic Discovery, One-touch transfer, Huawei Watch control. 

Shake Stereo Link Up is quite literal. You just shake two Sound Joys, 3 meters apart, and they will instantly connect to form a stereo speaker system.

Automatic Discovery brings up a pop-up on your smartphone, tablet, or laptop whenever you’re near a Sound Joy. Making pairing a breeze. 

One-Touch Transfer requires NFC tech which most flagship phones have. It’s also a straight-forward feature. When a song is playing on your phone, simply tap the Sound Joy and the music will play from your phone to the speaker.

HUAWEI Watch Control also functions as expected. You just tap your supported Huawei Watch to the speaker, and it lets you control the music it plays. 

These four smart features definitely elevate the way you interact with a portable speaker. 

Design

Design-wise, the Sound Joy and Flip 5 look similar at first glance and in some of the ways they function.

Both can operate vertically or horizontally. They can also be carried. But the Sound Joy adds a few things to the mix. 

For one, it has an IP67 water and dust resistance. Unlike the Flip 5 which only has IPX7 water resistance. 

This feature allows for this cool thing that you can do on the Sound Joy. The top of the speaker has a light ring. It’s a battery life indicator. The circle comes undone as the speaker discharges. But it also shows multicolor effects when you play music. Now, splash it with water, and just observe the coolness. 

The smarter choice?

After going through all the set of features, picking isn’t so hard now is it? It also helps that the Sound Joy is part of the Huawei Super Device system. 

That means it will work seamlessly with the rest of your Huawei devices. If it’s unclear what that is, we have a whole other video explaining what it is. 

With its Longer battery life, smart connectivity functions, and overall sound quality, the Huawei Sound Joy is easily the smarter choice. 

 

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