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One week with the ASUS ZenScreen

See what it can do!

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According to pop rock band, Boys Like Girls, “Two is Better Than One.” Question is: Is that true when it comes to two monitors? I spent a week using the ASUS ZenScreen as a secondary monitor for my laptop, bringing it around with me everywhere I would go.

Full disclosure: I went into this experience questioning the need for a second monitor and expecting to not really need it or even like having to bring it around with me. But I’m coming out of this experience thinking that there definitely are people who will find the ASUS ZenScreen useful in their lives.

This thing is definitely portable. It’s thin, sleek, and light enough that it was pretty easy to get used to the added weight while carrying it along with my laptop. Many of my friends thought that it was a tablet and not an extra monitor. It’s really easy to set up, too. It will work on any laptop, and if you’re worried about having to bring another charger with you because of it, there’s no need to worry. The ASUS ZenScreen draws power from your laptop via its bundled USB-C cable.

After spending one week with it, I’ve found that there are two different ways the ASUS ZenScreen will benefit you. You can use it to be more productive, and you can use it for some fun multitasking, as well.

Let’s start off with the “boring” productivity benefit it can provide. Having a second screen when you’re working on a report and not having to minimize the document you’re working on was one of those little things you don’t think would be such a big deal, but is something I missed when I didn’t have the ZenScreen with me. That second monitor meant that I could have my main document open on my laptop screen and anything I would need to look at for reference would be open on the ZenScreen. So helpful!

Using it for presentations was pretty cool, too. Meeting with someone and using the ZenScreen to show them slides meant I didn’t have to awkwardly keep having to turn the laptop back and forth between myself and the person I was meeting with while seated across from each other. I would just hand them the ZenScreen and viola: We both had a screen to look at!

Now, let’s talk fun. The enjoyable benefit of the ZenScreen was mostly being able to multitask and watch videos no matter what I was doing on my laptop screen. Watching NBA games, Netflix, and GadgetMatch on YouTube (necessary shameless plug) was possible on the side while browsing social media, working on presentations, and reading articles.

Overall, the ASUS ZenScreen is all about being able to multitask, and as I said at the start of this piece, I went into this experience a little skeptical about needing a second screen, but now I can see its benefits.

The ZenScreen retails for US$ 249. The particular model we tried out is the MB16AC which retails at PhP 16,200 in the Philippines.

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Razer now has its own gaming finger sleeves

Keeping your thumbs dry

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Razer has somehow transformed into the ruler of gaming lifestyle accessories. After releasing treasure troves of peripherals and devices, the company has slowly branched off into stranger and stranger niches including toasters and SUVs. Razer is now blending peripheral with accessory in its latest product: Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves.

If you haven’t heard of finger sleeves before, think gloves but only for your fingers — or, in this case, finger. The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are meant to be worn on your thumbs. It’s specifically made for mobile gamers.

Made with a mixture of sliver fiber fabric, nylon, and spandex, the sleeves can keep your thumbs dry for serious gaming on your phone. Despite wrapping your thumbs, Razer says that the fabric is still breathable at 0.8 millimeters. They’re also a universal fit for any type of thumb.

Mobile gaming is one of the most popular forms of entertainment especially in Asian countries like the Philippines. Playing on your phone can easily whittle away the time spent in traffic or outdoors. However, since some countries are too warm and humid, sweat can just as easily accumulate and create an unsightly portrait on our otherwise pristine phone screens.

The Razer Gaming Finger Sleeves are out now and retails for US$ 9.99.

SEE ALSO: Razer unveils its Phantom Keycap Upgrade Set

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The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset now sports Midnight Black

Nicely paired with the DualSense controller and your “Midnight Black” PS5

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Pulse 3D Wireless

Back in June, Sony announced two additional colorways for its next-generation DualSense controller. Apart from the classic white, the PlayStation 5’s newest controller also received a Midnight Black and Cosmic Red. This time around, they’ve extended the invitation to another PS5 peripheral, the Pulse 3D Wireless Headset.

Much like the DualSense controller, the headset will also come in Midnight Black. Other than this, everything else is pretty much the same for the Pulse 3D Headset. In essence, it still gives you deeper, more immersive 3D sounds to games that fully take advantage of this. It’s just that now, you have other color options to choose from. Whether or not this also comes in Cosmic Red, Sony has yet to announce that.

It’s worth noting that included in the PS5’s second major update is an equalizer for the 3D Pulse. It adds another layer of control for players. This lets them enjoy the game precisely the way they want to. But if tweaking isn’t your thing, there are also three presets: Standard, Bass Boost, or Shooter.

The Pulse 3D Wireless Headset in Midnight Black will be available on October 29 for PhP 5,590/ SG$ 149 / MYR 469/ DR1,699,000 / THB3,490 / VND2,699,000.

SEE ALSO: How to use the DualSense controller with PC, Mac

 

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Xiaomi Pad 5, Mi Smart Projector 2 go official

Along with other AIoT products

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Xiaomi has always been rich with AIoT products. You need it, they have it. And now they’ve expanded their lineup even further with Xiaomi Pad 5 and Mi Smart Projector 2 just to name a few.

Xiaomi Pad 5

Meant for work, school, and then play, the Xiaomi Pad 5 is an all around tablet. You’re getting an 11-inch WQHD+ 120Hz display so you’ll definitely enjoy tapping on this slate. It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 860 processor for all your work and play needs.

Taking work even further, you can pair it with the Xiaomi Smart Pen. Its 4096 pressure sensitivity and 240Hz touch sampling rate hopes to emulate a natural writing experience.

Mi Smart Projector 2

If you wanna enjoy media on a larger screen than the 11-inch Xiaomi Pad 5, you can consider getting the Mi Smart Projector 2.

It has a 1920 x 1080 Full HD resolution in a compact size. It’s a handy, portable, plug and play device with Dolby Audio support. The device can quickly project a perfectly square screen on most walls. It also runs on a certified Android TV system with built-in Google Assistant.

Mi Smart Band 6 NFC

Xiaomi takes its latest smart band further by adding NFC. It still has all the monitoring tools you know and love like SpO2 function, sleep tracker, and stress-level detection. And all the workout and exercise functions are still present.

What’s new with NFC? Xiaomi collaborated with Mastercard with a focus on contactless payment. Payments can now be fast, secure, and convenient. No need to pullout your card or cash. It now also has Amazon Alexa built-in.

Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack)

Having connection problems at home. Have no fear, the Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 is here. Two of them. It offers a strong and reliable Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 network coverage of up to 4,000 sq.ft. It also supports a maximum number of connections up to 254 devices.

Pricing and availability

The Xiaomi Pad 5 will be available in two colors: Cosmic Gray and Pearl White.

Xiaomi Pad 5

  • 6GB+128GB — EUR 349
  • 6GB+256GB — EUR 399

Mi Smart Projector 2 — EUR 599
Mi Smart Band 6 NFC — EUR 54.9
Xiaomi Mesh System AX3000 (2-Pack) — EUR 149

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