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Pacsafe Instasafe backpack tote review: My all around carry-on

Looks good and keeps all your stuff safe!

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What’s the big deal about Pacsafe bags? My father is a Pacsafe user. He has, on numerous occasions, showed off his travel-safe bag to me. When we interviewed our Her GadgetMatch September guest, TV Host Lyn Ching, she pledged her undying love to Pacsafe.

I, on the other hand, have never used a Pacsafe bag. To be completely honest about it, I’d never traveled with an anti-theft bag… until now.

This is Pacsafe’s Instasafe backpack tote. I road tested it on a recent trip and what follows are my thoughts on what has become a travel cult favorite.

Of course, I’ll start with my favorite feature: It’s convertible! It has enough straps and handles to be used as either a backpack or a tote. It’s understated look is just formal enough, but not too dressy. I love how it can match my outfits whether it be super casual for exploring new places (like pictured below), or a little dressed up for workday meetings and such.

You see, picking a bag is hard. I’ve always had trouble finding the right one; usually, backpacks are too big or too informal and tote bags, on the other hand, are hard to carry for long periods of time. Not to mention, I need something that will fit everything from my laptop to my makeup kit, without being too bulky.

This bag hits the best middle ground. The Instasafe can fit my laptop but is still compact enough for me to carry around on a daily basis.

And believe me, I totally have. On my last trip, this was a staple. I had everything I needed to work remotely — laptop, external hard drive, camera, gorilla pod, makeup kit — in one backpack. The same bag was also my carry on as I rode a total of eight planes and moved through three time zones in a span of two weeks.

Yep, that’s everything in my bag!

Aside from a laptop pocket that fits a 13-inch laptop, this bag has pockets and different compartments for all your other junk, which is great since your bag won’t turn into a bottomless pit of random things.

That’s not all that’s great about this bag, though.

Pacsafe’s main selling point is the anti-theft capabilities. Although this bag is lightweight, it has mesh inside so that it’s slash-proof. That means no one is getting to your stuff, even if they try with a knife.

Even the tote handles are slash-proof so no one will be able to take it from you, they’d have to pry it from your cold, dead, well-manicured fingers.

There are also zipper stoppers that ensure that your bag won’t be zipped open just by anyone else when you’re busy exploring the world.

Another cool feature is something I’ve always needed but just never knew about.

You can unlock this bag strap and wrap it around a secure spot so that you’re 100 percent sure no one just grabs it when you’re not looking.

This is a great thing for people like me who camp out and work in coffee shops. When I’m in the zone writing, I’m not very attentive to my surroundings. Locking this to a table base of a chair means my bag isn’t going anywhere.

There’s also an RFID blocking pocket which ensures that no one can scan your credit cards or passport and steal your information. (This is something I’ve been freaking out about lately!)

Of course, I wasn’t able to definitively test out the anti-theft features (thank heavens 🙄) but knowing there’s an added layer of security is always a welcome thought when you’re out and about.

The best thing about the Instasafe bag, I think, is the fact that its use isn’t just limited to when you’re traveling and hopping from plane to plane. This thing proved to be a great day-to-day work bag and it didn’t destroy my #OOTDs. I honestly didn’t think I’d appreciate Pacsafe’s travel bags this much, but I am now a believer.

It’s been a week since my trip ended but I’m still using the Instasafe. That is a good sign.

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Xiaomi adds Electric Scooter Pro 2, Smart Band 5, TV stick to IoT lineup

More Xiaomi devices and accessories to choose from!

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By now, people are familiar with the fact that Xiaomi has an expansive portfolio of products. That portfolio is getting some new, exciting additions — namely the Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2, the Mi Smart Band 5, and Mi TV Stick.

Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2

This product is targeting a very particular need. Too long to walk but not far enough for a drive? That’s where this mobility tool comes in.

The Mi Electric Scooter Pro 2 can travel up to 45km, at speeds up to 25 km per hour. It can effortlessly climb 20 percent incline slopes and accommodate a week’s worth of trips on a single charge.

It has a built-in LCD where riders can view and control different things. You can check real-time speed, choose a riding mode, connect to Bluetooth, and monitor headline status.

It has a 300W motor, a double braking system, shock-absorbing pneumatic tires, and an easy folding design so you can pretty much take it wherever you go.

If you’re a first-time user, you will receive safety reminders and tips through your mobile device. Speaking of safety, it sports front, rear, and side reflectors as well as a 2W headlight that can illuminate up to 10 meters ahead. All for the sake of better visibility.

Launched alongside it  is the Mi Electric Scooter 1S. It’s a more streamlined model for casual commuters. It can travel up to 30 km at speeds up to 25 km per hour and offers an upgraded display, headlight, and other safety features.

Mi Smart Band 5

We’ve discussed this in more detail when it was first announced, and this is essentially the global version.

But here are the basics you need to know: it has a 1.1” color AMOLED display with 20% more screen than its predecessor and has over 65 dynamic displays and six band colors.

On the functionalities side, it has most of what you can expect from a fitness band. It has a variety of workouts and trackers all so you can monitor your health and wellness better. The international suggested retail price is EUR 39.99. 

Mi TV Stick 

Turn your dumb UHD TV into a smart one! If you’ve been yearning for a Smart TV but don’t have the budget for one. Your next best option is to get the Mi TV Stick. Provided your TV has an HDMI port.

Powered by Android TV with DTS surround sound, Google Assistant, and Chromecast — it’s your ticket to a relaxing Netflix and Chill session.

Inside it has a quad-core CPU, 1GB RAM + 8GB storage. It comes with a Bluetooth remote control with dedicated buttons for Google Assistant, Netflx, and Prime video. It’s SRP is EUR 39.99. 

Mi TWS Earphones 2 Basic

Here’s something for your basic TWS fix. It promises up to 5 hours of uninterrupted use from a full charge. Total battery life hits the 20-hour mark thanks to the included charging case.

As for functionality, again, anything you expect from TWS, you’ll likely find here. Sound is adequate, pairing should be easy, and there’s some level of environmental noise cancellation for your convenience.

Suggested retail price is also EUR 39.99.

Pricing and availability in other markets will be revealed once they become available.

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OPPO launches 125W flash charge, new VOOC, flash charge lineup

New fast charging tech lineup!

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OPPO and VOOC charging has been synonymous since as far back as the brand first started. This year, the company’s innovation in charging is launching in different forms. These are the 125W flash charge, 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge, 50W mini SuperVOOC charger, and 110W mini flash charger.

OPPO believes the next generation of devices will be more demanding and it needs a charging technology to go along with it. The company says their VOOC charging technology is built with an advanced encryption algorithm and strict temperature control regulators for safe and efficient use.

OPPO 125W flash charge

Headlining the new lineup is the 125W flash charge. OPPO says it can charge a 4000mAh battery up to 41% in 5 minutes and fully charge it in 20 minutes at the fastest rate. It’s the most advanced flash charge tech at the moment.

It’s also compatible with previous SuperVOOC and VOOC flash charge protocols and supports mainstream protocols including 65W PD and 125W PPS.

If you’re worried about possible overheating, it naturally has been taken into account. It has 10 additional temperature sensors which monitor the charging status to ensure maximum safety during charging.

It also uses uses fuse overvoltage protection measures, Type-C to Type-C wire as well as 128-bit high-strength encryption algorithm to enhance safety.

OPPO 65W AirVOOC

Wireless charging also gets a massive speed boost. If you’re foreign to the experience of wireless charging, just know that it’s absolutely convenient placing your phone on a panel for it to automatically charge.

Typically, wireless charging is slower than most wired charging. Although we’ve seen the likes 30W and 40W wireless fast chargers, OPPO takes it to another level with the 65W AirVOOC. It promises to fully charge a 4000mAh battery in 30 minutes at the fastest rate.

It also has five-fold safety protection measures in addition to a foreign object detection function. It’s also compatible with the Qi standard for a cable-free and super-fast charging experience.

OPPO also showcased a conceptual wireless charger for the 65W AirVOOC wireless flash charge. Not only is it an advanced tech, it’s also a beautiful piece to add to your home.

The charger features a beautifully-sculpted glass which is made of moldless rapid prototyping technology. It is the first application of this type of technology in the consumer electronics market.

OPPO 50W mini SuperVOOC charger

The first of two in OPPO’s mini charger series is the 50W mini SuperVOOC charger. OPPO says it was developed to be the size of a business card holder, or as the photo below suggests — the size of a cookie.

It was made to fit into tiny spaces while still providing the user a fast-charging tool. This includes your pants 😏, shirt pockets, and coat pockets.

The 50W mini SuperVOOC charger is compatible with VOOC protocols, supports mainstream protocols like 27W PD and 50W PPS, and can charge a variety of devices including mobile phones and laptops. Yes. Laptops.

OPPO 110W mini flash charger

Rounding up the mini-series as well as the entire lineup is the 110W mini flash charger. It is built upon the combination of laminate and compact structures which minimizes its size to just 35.76 cm³ — similar to the size of a normal 18W charger.

It’s a familiar form-factor but certainly a lot faster.

OPPO’s VOOC charging tech has come a long way and the company says it has serviced over 157 million users globally. That number is bound to rise with new and upgraded charging tech

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OPPO Enco W31 now official

With ‘Environment Noise Cancellation’

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OPPO just announced the pricing and availability of one more TWS headphones option — the OPPO Enco W31.

It has dual microphones that enables the Environment Noise Cancellation feature. OPPO says it shuts out the noise enough so you can focus on whatever you need to focus on, free from any noise distractions.

For sound quality, it has a bass and balance mode for what they say is “high-definition sound quality and rhythmic bass for lifelike audio.” It has tap and touch controls and supports a voice assistant.

It promises up to 15 hours of music playback and up to 12 hours of call time with the charging case. Fully charging the earphones will take only 2.5 hours. It also has an IP54 rating for dust and water resistance.

The OPPO Enco W31 retails for PhP 2990 (US$ 61) and is available for purchase on all open OPPO concept and online stores, official dealers, as well as Shopee and Lazada.

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