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One month with Xiaomi’s Yuemi mechanical keyboard

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Xiaomi is more popularly known as a Chinese smartphone maker that delivers great hardware for good value, but in recent years, Xiaomi has embraced several sub-brands to help expand its vision of a Mi ecosystem. Recently, I was able to get hold of Xiaomi’s first keyboard — a mechanical TKL keyboard by a company called Yuemi.

MATERIALS

The keyboard (model name MK01) comes in only one variant; the entire upper half is made out of white plastic, while the entire bottom half is made of aluminum alloy with a silver finish that’s a tad bit glossier than Apple’s Macs. The keycaps have a matte texture and are made from PC/ABS material, which basically means plastic, but a separate piece of plastic is used for the letters to make sure they never fade. The plate on the top half has a glossy finish; while it looks great, expect fingerprints to become more prominent as you use the keyboard.

 

DESIGN

Design-wise, it reminds me of Apple, but one thing that strays from that is the choice of fonts. While I do like the overall aesthetic of the keyboard (clean and minimalist), I don’t agree with the choice of fonts. It’s a font I’ve never seen used elsewhere and definitely feels off at first glance. However, I’ve gotten used to it over time and hardly ever think about it when using the keyboard.

Something I did like was the raised set of keys, so your fingers can easily jump from one row to another and be able to distinguish one row from the next. If the inclined keys still aren’t enough for you, the rubber feet at the bottom give them just the right amount of height for me. They feel sturdy and have a very assuring snap to them when flipping them up or pushing them back down.

 

KEYS

Unlike the majority of mechanical keyboards from US brands, the key switches aren’t the ever-popular Cherry MX, but rather TTC switches. In this case, the keyboard comes in only one variant, and that’s with TTC red switches with white backlight. Typing with the keyboard feels satisfactory. Every click is audible and only requires a reasonable amount of actuation force, which means how hard you’d have to press the keys for them to be recognized.

EXPERIENCE

Mechanical keyboards are known to be great at two things, and that’s typing and gaming, both of which I do a lot of. So, how’s my experience? Pretty good actually. Typing on the keyboard feels great; tactile feedback is very noticeable when pressing the keys, as you’d expect from a mechanical keyboard. A few skipped letters every now and then do happen, but that might just be because I’m not that used to mechanical keyboards in the first place.

Is this your GadgetMatch?

At around PhP 3,500 or roughly $70 on Banggood, is this keyboard for you? Well, these days there are a lot of options for mechanical keyboards — even ones at lower price points — but no two keyboards are exactly the same, and if the aesthetics and typing experience of the Xiaomi keyboard wins you over, then I say go for it. It might not be as cheap as I would’ve liked from a Xiaomi product, but it isn’t too expensive either when compared to more popular offerings from Razer or Corsair.

Overall, the keyboard does the job and it does it well. It doesn’t have features like RGB lighting or mappable keys, but if you’re like me and prefer a minimalist setup, this just might be your GadgetMatch.

SEE ALSO: Razer’s latest gaming laptop has three monitors — three!

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Cauldryn Fyre V2 is a smart mug you’ll want to own

This smart mug will make mornings easy

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Imagine a world where your coffee will brew itself upon your command. Well, folks, that world is real.

Of all the cool things we saw at CES 2018, it was this device that totally made our Vegas mornings.

The Cauldryn Fyre V2 is not your ordinary mug. This 16 ounce, stainless steel beauty keeps your beverage hot in a vacuum insulated bottle. The mug itself allows you to maintain a certain temperature all day so your coffee stays hot and your juice cold.

It also has Google Assistant! Now all you need to do is tell your mug to brew coffee and it will.

It’s fully modular — attachable accessories allow you to do so many things. You can choose to attach a blender and grind your own coffee beans; there’s a percolator accessory, a Bluetooth speaker base, and even a lantern with a bug zapper for outdoor adventures with your Cauldryn.

They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks but true innovation happens when you can talk your water bottle into making you coffee.

MORE ON CES 2018: GadgetMatch LIVE coverage

SEE ALSO: 6 must-have products for your smart home

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Motorola outs new Moto Mods for productivity and health care

New Year, New Moto Mods

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Motorola is keeping their Moto Mod lineup updated with two new accessories: Lenovo Vital Moto Mod and Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod.

The Vital Mod from Motorola’s parent company is a health accessory which can accurately measure key vital signs including heart rate, respiratory rate, Pulse Ox, and core body temperature, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure from the finger. If you don’t want to carry your usual health kit with you, this Moto Mod is a smart alternative as long as, of course, you have a compatible Moto Z handset.

Users who likes to type on a physical keyboard will be fond of the Livermorium Slider Keyboard. This accessory is the grand prize winner of Moto’s first Transform the Smartphone Challenge in partnership with Indiegogo. It features a full QWERTY keyboard and tilts the phone up to 60 degrees for easier typing when on the go.

Motorola will have the Livermorium Slider Keyboard Moto Mod on sale sometime before March for US$ 99, while the Lenovo Vital Moto Mod will be available for purchase in April for US$ 395. If you have a Moto Z, you can also check out these products and more on the Moto Z Market app which is available in the Google Play Store in countries where the phone is for sale.

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LG’s new projector throws a 150-inch 4K screen to your wall

Can play HDR video!

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While TV screens are continually getting bigger, LG hasn’t given up on the projector market. At CES 2018, the company is bringing a new 4K projector that breaks barriers without breaking wallets.

The LG HU80K is the company’s first 4K UHD projector. It promises ultra-sharp and vibrant images that rival those in the UHD TV segment. The tech’s promise has already garnered it a Best of Innovation award at CES.

The home-ready system can deliver up to a 150-inch screen at a blazing 2,500 lumens. At its size, the projector can easily playback videos at Blu-ray resolution. In addition, it’s compatible with HDR 10, allowing for images that will make you reconsider your TV purchases.

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Despite its power, the HU80K is designed to be smaller than its competitors. The reduced size allows for a more conservative price that shouldn’t break the bank. Concept images also hint that the projector is capable of short-throw usage.

Its upright design makes the projector compatible with both portable and mounted use. Those who prefer the projector on a stand will enjoy the included carrying handle and Auto Cord feature. The Mirror Reflector may also act as a cover for the lens when the projector isn’t in use. A pair of built-in 7W speakers negates the need for an external sound bar or speaker system.

As for content, the HU80K comes with LG’s webOS 3.5 interface. The system enables access to the standard array of streaming services. The device is also compatible with USB, Ethernet, and HDMI cables. It also includes wireless support for keyboards and mice.

The LG HU80K projector joins LG’s new audio options and smart kitchen appliances on display at CES 2018.

SEE ALSO: LG builds a smart kitchen that ‘talks’ to you and your home

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