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Nokia and Monster Gaming personal audio gadgets

Headphones and earphones just for you

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In case you didn’t know, Nokia is also dabbling in the personal audio space. In fact, we’ve featured a few of them already on GadgetMatch. These are the E3100, E3101, and 3500. But they also have much more to offer. 

In the Philippines, they are being handled by then RichGo and now HOLO Space. And if you’re looking beyond TWS earphones, HOLO Space also handles Monster Gaming which aims to deliver quality audio gaming products at affordable prices. Here, we’ll list some of what they have to offer. 

Nokia E3511

This pair has Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) with enhanced voice pick-up. Its Smart EQ delivers an adaptive level of noise cancellation when answering calls so you can focus on what you need to. 

Its battery case is made with a lightweight halogen-free alloy construction. It’s light and easy to carry around. It also stores up to 25 hours of battery life. 

It retails for PhP 4,199
Buy on Lazada | Shopee

Nokia E3102

The Nokia E3102 are Bluetooth 5.1 in-ear true wireless earphones. It promises immersive sound, with up to 20hrs of battery life. It’s designed with a comfortable in-ear structure for excellent noise isolation for full music immersion. 

The E3102’s charging case comes with a Digital LED display which allows users to check battery consumption anytime.

It retails for PhP 2,199
Buy on Lazada | Shopee

Monster Gaming Airmars N1

The Airmars N1 is Monster Gaming’s most affordable gaming headphones. It is  aimed towards those who want to try out gaming peripherals. With it, perhaps the user can discover the difference between having a regular headset vs decent pair of gaming headphones.

It retails for PhP 2,099
Buy on Lazada | Warehousedad.com

If you’d want to step up from something basic, you can check out the other headphones they have on offer. Just go to their Facebook Page or Lazada store.

 

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Razer Kishi V2 review

Handheld console mobile gaming

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Razer Kishi V2

There’s always been this quest to recreate and/or bring the feeling of console gaming to mobile. 

In 2022, there are more than a handful of iterations. We have the actual handheld gaming console – the Nintendo Switch. More recently, Valve released the Steam Deck. And then you have the ultra-gaming-focused smartphones like the ROG Phone and the Lenovo Legion Phone Duel. 

For a while, Razer attempted to compete in the gaming smartphone space. Ultimately, they decided, instead of competing, they’ll just complement it through accessories. That strategy gave birth to the Razer Kishi and now its newest iteration — the Razer Kishi V2.

A new look

It’s gone through some design changes. Most notably on how it looks in its no-phone-attached state. 

The original version had this more compact look, almost like a controller all on its own. 

Razer Kishi V2
Meanwhile, the Razer Kishi V2 is more open, showing a bridge instead of being totally closed. This may have been done in order to accommodate larger smartphones. 

Razer Kishi V2

The button layout is mostly the same. You have the universal X,Y,A, and B face button on the right hand side. Right below it is a joystick. 

Razer Kishi V2

Over on the left side you have the joystick up top with the directional pad and/or buttons right underneath it. 

Razer Kishi V2

You also still get the Right Button (RB) and Right Trigger (TR)… buttons as well as their left side counterparts. New on the V2 though, are the M1 and M2 buttons situated right next to the aforementioned buttons. 

Razer Kishi V2
New ones are the screenshot button on the lower left hand side as well as a dedicated Nexus button which fires up the Razer Kishi V2’s companion app — the Razer Nexus. 

Razer Kishi V2

Naturally, you have the USB-C connector to plug-in to the port of your smartphone. 

Razer Kishi V2

You can charge the phone while playing through the port on the lower left hand side of the controller.

How to use it

Razer Kishi V2

The Razer Kishi V2 is technically plug and play. Simply slide your smartphone in, fire-up any controller-supported mobile game, and it’ll just work. 

Sounds simple enough, right? But the keywords there are “controller-supported mobile game(s),” which, to be honest, are not a lot. And the most talked about and/or most played ones typically do not support them. 

So, how does one find these games? You can go to the Google Play Store and simply type some variation of “controller support” or “control support” and it’ll pull-up games that have controller support. 

Alternatively, you can download the companion app called Razer Nexus. On its main screen you’ll find the games you already have installed and below it are games it recommends. Each row is separate by genre, and you immediately know they have controller support. You can also connect your YouTube and Twitch accounts should you want to stream your games.

What games can I play?

Razer Kishi V2

There is a wide selection of games to choose from. We were able to play the following titles: 

  • Asphalt 9 
  • Diablo Immortal
  • Final Fantasy VII: First Soldier
  • Life is Strange 

The games above presented the least friction when it comes to playing. They are controller-supported and the areas on the screen where you would tap show the buttons on the controller you should press to take any sort of action. Pretty straightforward. 

 

There were plenty of other suggested games that seemed like pretty good titles. The ones that piqued my interest were: 

  • Dead Cells
  • Catalyst Black
  • Leo’s Fortune
  • Star Wars: Knights of the Republic
  • Final Fantasy (all the mainline titles ported to mobile)

That’s a decent enough selection. But the thing is, none of these rank in some of the most played games on smartphones. Just off the top of my head, the titles that come to mind are Mobile Legends: Bang Bang, Call of Duty: Mobile, and Genshin Impact. 

None of these titles have built-in controller support. You’ll have to use some button mapping app to make this work and that’s a process that may take about an hour, depending on your patience and the number of games you want to use it on. It’s seriously a hassle and I ultimately ended up not going through with it. 

What’s it like playing?

Razer Kishi V2

Playing feels fantastic. I have always preferred gaming with physical buttons. This is, perhaps why, the only time I really play any mobile games is when I’m working on a smartphone review or reviewing an accessory like the Razer Kishi V2 (which doesn’t happen often). 

The overall build quality is fantastic. I have had the chance to hold other, more obscure, controllers for smartphones and I just immediately felt the difference. The Razer Kishi V2 is lightweight without feeling fragile and cheap. 

The face buttons feel almost just like the ones on bigger controllers meant for actual consoles. The same feels true for the joysticks and the directional pad. 

The triggers also feel great but I can’t say the same for the shoulder buttons. They’re not bad, but due to the size, they feel more squishy than crunchy. I personally would have preferred a crunchier feel. But that’s not to say that they are terrible. They’re fine, but maybe they could have been better. 

Overall, it really does feel like you’re playing on a handheld console, especially if your phone has the power to run the supported games at max settings. In case you’re curious, I used the Honor Magic4 Pro, OPPO Find X3 Pro, and vivo T1x during this review. 

Remote Play

Razer Kishi V2

What made things even more fun was using Steam Link. If you’re a PC gamer, this lets you stream, on low-latency, the games on your Steam Library to your smartphone. 

With the Razer Kishi V2 attached, it almost feels like you’re playing on a Steam Deck. Of course, I’m just speculating since I’ve yet to try a Steam Deck. 

The catch, of course, is that your PC and smartphone have to be connected in the same network. So, you can’t really go out and take your Steam Library with you, wherever. But the idea is that you’re able to play your Steam Library without being in front of your PC (laptop/desktop). 

Is the Razer Kishi V2 your GadgetMatch?

Razer Kishi V2

A couple of lifetimes ago, I was getting ready for a job that required plenty of travel. At that point in my life, I didn’t have any gaming console whatsoever but knew that I needed some type of gaming to keep me sane. 

At the time, all these mobile handheld devices weren’t a thing yet. Yes, not even the Nintendo Switch. I resorted to using a OnePlus phone and a much, much cheaper version of a mobile phone controller. Having something like the Razer Kishi V2 would have been a godsend. 

Fast forward to 2022 and there is absolutely no shortage of options when it comes to mobile play. But if you don’t have the means to splurge on a Switch (or a Steam Deck which is still pretty scarce), this may be the next best thing. Especially if you already have a smartphone that can run some of the supported games. 

There are a few things I wish it had. The Razer Nexus app feels bare. Other than the suggested games and remapping the M1, M2 buttons, I wish you had the option to map buttons for games that didn’t have automatic controller support.

However, if, like this writer, you absolutely must-have the satisfying feeling of pressing buttons when you play, the Razer Kishi V2 is a worthy pick-up. It’s well-built, feels great, and won’t take up too much space in your bag. 

The Razer Kishi V2 is available now and retails for PhP 5,999 / SG$ 149 / US$ 99. Right now it’s only for Android smartphones. An iPhone version, one with a lightning port, is coming later in 2022. 

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Latest LG monitors now available in the Philippines

UltraGear, Dual Up, UltraFine and more

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LG Monitors

Customers from the Philippines can now get their hands on LG’s latest range of 2022 monitors, including models from the LG UltraGear and LG UltraFine series as well as the new LG Dual Up.

The new monitors are set to benefit gamers, creatives, professionals, and workspaces for better productivity and a more seamless user experience, depending on their needs.

The monitors are now available via LG’s authorized retailers and flagship Lazada and Shopee online stores.

LG UltraGear monitors

For gaming, there are the LG UltraGear UHD 4K OLED (32GQ950), UltraGear UHD OLED (48GQ900), and UltraGear Full HD (32GN500-B) monitors.

The 32GQ950 model boasts a 32-inch (3840 x 2160) Nano IPS display, up to a 144Hz refresh rate, and 1ms response time.

It is VESA certified DisplayHDR 1,000 for brighter whites and deeper blacks, and supports HDMI 2.1.

Alternately, you can get the 48GQ900 for a 47.5-inch 3840 x 2160 OLED display that is G-SYNC compatible and comes with Anti-Glare and Low Reflection, a 120Hz refresh rate which can be bumped up to 138Hz, and 0.1ms response time.

You can also go for the 32GN500-B with has a 31.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) display, up to 165Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, and is NVIDIA G-SYNC and AMD FreeSync Premium compatible.

LG Dual Up with 16:18 ratio

LG DualUp Ergo

Announced in Singapore just a few days earlier, the LG Dual Up (28MQ780-B) features a 27.6-inch display with the world’s first 16:18 aspect ratio.

It has a Square Double QHD 2,560 x 2,880 resolution Nano IPS display and comes with an ergo stand. The monitor supports USB-C connectivity for more convenient data transfers, screen displays, and other tasks.

Speaking of monitors ideal for either the workplace or home office, LG’s 21:9 UltraWide monitor (29WP500-B) features a 29-inch (2560 x 1080) Full HD display that has 33 percent more space than usual 29-inch monitors.

Among its features are HDR10 and OnScreen control which allows users side-by-side or split displays with just a few clicks.

Beyond daily work, its AMD FreeSync and Dynamic Action Sync makes it suitable for gaming too.

LG UltraFine monitors

Lastly, creatives may want to try the new pair of LG UltraFine monitors: the 27UP850-W and 27UN880-B which come with similar features.

Both have UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) IPS displays and support USB Type-C. They’re also both VESA certified Display HDR 400 and come with an adjustable stand for user’s convenience.

Perhaps the only difference is that you can do more with the 27UN880-B’s ergonomic stand with C-clamp, like extend, retract, swivel, pivot, or tilt it according to your preference.

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HUAWEI Band 7, Sound Joy now official in Singapore

Perfect companions for outdoor activities

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Huawei Band 7

Huawei is releasing two more lifestyle devices in Singapore: the Huawei Band 7 and the Huawei Sound Joy.

Both devices will be available in the island from July 4 at all authorized stores and Huawei’s official Lazada and Shopee online stores.

Band 7: Thinnest smart band yet

The Band 7 is the company’s thinnest smart band to date which packs a punch with its comprehensive all-day health monitoring features.

As usual, it boasts Huawei’s TruSleep technology, TruRelax pressure-tracking algorithm for stress, and an upgraded TruSeen 4.0 for accurate heart monitoring.

The wearable also features 96 workout modes, up to 14 days battery life, and a 194 x 368 high quality glass display.

Available in Graphite Black, Wilderness Green, and Nebula Pink, the Band 7 will retail for SG$ 68 (from SG$ 88) as an introductory offer.

Sound Joy: Convenient audio experience

Huawei Sound Joy

The slim, lightweight, and ergonomic Sound Joy is designed to deliver a better audio experience for users on the go.

It is powered by Devialet SAM technology for clearer audio with minimal distortion and deep bass.

There is a Shake Stereo Link Up function that allows two Sound Joy units to be paired and turned into a stereo system for bigger parties.

Its One-Touch Transfer feature allows users to connect their device to the speaker and instantly transfer media playing on it.

Aside from these, the Sound Joy also has an IP67 dust and water resistance rating and an anti-slip surface. Its battery supports up to 26 hours of play time, as well as fast charging.

Available in Obsidian Black and Spruce Green, the Sound Joy is priced at SG$ 168 (from SG$ 188) when it releases.

WATCH: Huawei Sound Joy vs JBL Flip 5

7.7 Super Sale

Complementing the launch of the Band 7 and Sound Joy is Huawei’s upcoming 7.7 Super Sale on Lazada and Shopee.

Customers stand to enjoy up to 40 percent off on Huawei’s range of products.

Here are the discounted rates of participating items in the sale:

Product Discounted 7.7 price
Watch GT 2 (Active Edition 46mm) SG$ 148 (from SG$ 238)
MateBook D 15 SG$ 838 (from SG$ 1,098)
MatePad 11 SG$ 598 (from SG$ 698)

Plus a free Smart Keyboard

MatePad T 10 SG$ 168 (from SG$ 228)

 

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