Due to the nature of our work, finding a bag that fits everything we usually need and staying stylish seem like an impossible task. On top of all that, durability is of utmost importance.
There are very few brands out there though that are able to strike that balance. One of them is Peak Design, a brand known for professional-grade camera accessories, including bags that can neatly fit a camera or two.
Josh has long been looking for a backpack that’s structured but also sleek enough for him to take anywhere: big events, client meetings, and airports. The Everyday Backpack is a good match, especially since it comes in all black. He also loves that wearing it makes him easily identifiable as a techie. One thing he would have loved though is a little bit more expandability, so he can pack an extra set of clothes during long-haul flights, or a monitor for solo coverage.
As for Chay, she regularly switches between totes from her own bag brand and sturdy, sometimes ugly backpacks depending on the occasion or the destination. A bag like the Everyday Tote can be both and more. While she loves how durable this tote is, a more elegant material and shape would have been a better choice for her style.
Josh: Red alert
I recently got these statement sneakers that Chay did not approve of because I rarely have items in my wardrobe in bold colors. But that’s precisely why I got them — not only do they come in one of my favorite colors, they also go well with anything and everything I wear. They’re the easiest way to change up how I look on the daily.
Chay: Dress it down
This is probably what I look like on a regular work day: with my hair in a messy bun and a pair of slip-on sandals I can easily wear when we have to quickly shoot some clips outside. On longer days I carry a backpack to house my laptop, camera, tripod, and video head that thankfully the Everyday Tote can handle.
Josh: Fly high
I probably spend more time in airports and planes now than I do in my own apartment. There are a few instances where I go from airport straight to a series of meetings that require me to look a bit more put-together than usual. The all-black Everyday Backpack is sleek enough to impress at a meeting and has sufficient compartments to fit some essentials: laptop, camera, cables, extra lens, and the phones I’m reviewing.
Chay: Packed light
I wouldn’t be caught dead wearing jeans regardless of how versatile they are; they’re uncomfortable and they rarely fit my body type well. But it’s forgivable during short flights, especially when I have to pack light. I’d rather be in jeans on the plane than fold them small and tight to fit my bag.
In videos and in real life, I wear the same basic tees that come in different shades of three colors: blue, black, and gray. Thinking of what to wear on a daily basis isn’t something I have a lot of time for.
Chay: Wrap it up
Dresses are always my go-to whenever I feel lazy putting together an outfit. The problem is a lot of my existing dresses border on business casual and are too warm for the tropical weather. I got a few of these wrap dresses recently that have a very summer-y vibe that a pair of white sneakers and heavy duty-looking tote won’t ruin.
3 accessories that should be inside your gym bag
Forget trackers and sports watches
Working out has been a holy grail in my daily life. Even though gyms are closed, I made it a habit to use my gym bag. It made it easier to keep my stuff organized, and it helps with compartmentalizing. I can focus on my workout when I dedicate a space for everything related to fitness.
By now, you probably know the usual essentials that should be inside your bag. Smartphones, smartwatch, resistance band, hand wraps, water bottles, extra clothes, and more.
But I’ll let you in on my little world: I have three mainstay accessories inside my gym bag which I deem essential for my workouts — whether it’s at the gym or at home.
A portable Bluetooth speaker isn’t something I would use at the gym. But on my outdoor workouts and the social distancing imposed in almost every location, I need entertainment that allows me to still be in tune with my surroundings.
This is why the Soundcore 3 has been a great companion that I bring in my routines, especially when I decided not to use my pair of wireless earbuds.
It pumps up the bass even at low volumes, making my cardio exercises a bit more fun. And its dual drivers with pure titanium diaphragms minimize distortion for clearer audio.
The Soundcore 3 also has easy controls and carries a massive battery that gives you 24-hour playtime. Yes, my dear friend. You can listen to more than 400 songs on a single charge.
But what I like about it the most is its IPX7 rating. It gives me peace of mind when I hold the speakers with my sweaty hands or when I work out in the rain. And because I can bring it to the shower whenever I practice my dance moves.
Another mainstay in my gym bag is an ultra-compact power bank from Anker. Called Powercore 5000, this power bank slides easily in your pocket (or your bag’s pockets). With 5000mAh capacity, it can recharge either my phone or my Soundcore 3 whenever I take a rest.
It does not support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge, but it still sports an exclusive PowerIQ technology so you can still experience high-speed charging for your gadgets.
Nonetheless, it comes with a travel pouch so you can keep your power bank safe, a MicroUSB cable for connectivity, a welcome guide, and a worry-free 18-month warranty.
Anker Powerline 3-in-1
I like being prepared and ready at all times. This is why even a cable was able to count as a mainstay in my bag. Anker’s Powerline 3-in-1 is a handy accessory since it has interchangeable connectors — Lightning, Micro USB, and USB-C.
It makes it easier to charge several devices that have different ports, without carrying multiple cables that would probably populate my organizers. Luckily, the Powerline 3-in-1 keeps the internal wiring protected so I don’t have to worry about replacing cables anytime soon.
Plus, it has an MFi certification from Apple so it charges fast and safe — which I lend to my friends that use an iPhone, who for some reason, always forget to carry their own cables.
Nothing launches first product, the ear (1), for only £99
Featuring 34 hours of battery life
Over the past few months, OnePlus co-founder Carl Pei kept teasing his brand-new venture after leaving his previous company behind. The new venture, Nothing, promised interesting and innovative products for the audio segment. Because of the teases, we already know a lot about the company’s first product: the ear (1). Now, it’s time for the main course.
Nothing has officially launched the ear (1) for markets worldwide. As depicted in official product photos, the wearable will feature a semi-transparent chassis and charging case. It will have pressure-relieving vents and customizable silicone ear tips.
Inside, the ear (1) sports a capable 11.6mm driver and will feature Active Noise Cancellation. The Active Noise Cancellation has three different modes depending on the environment you’re in.
Besides the default Transparency mode, Light mode, as the name suggests, is a more moderate form of noise cancellation which lets some noise in. It’s perfect for when you still need to be aware of your surroundings like during commutes. On the other hand, Maximum mode blocks in all noise for when you’re in very busy environments.
For connectivity, it will support Bluetooth 5.2 for seamless connections with your device. It comes with an ear (1) app which includes features like Find My Earbud, an equalizer, and a gesture control menu.
As teased before, the charging case will indeed have 24 hours of battery life (and more). It will supposedly have 34 hours of charge. Each bud will have 5.7 hours of listening time and can charge to full in only ten minutes with the case. The case charges wirelessly and can be charged with any Qi charger.
The ear (1) will retail for GBP 99. A limited drop will open on July 31 through nothing.tech. Official sales will begin on August 17.
realme teases Android’s first magnetic wireless charger
Called the MagDart
Wireless charging is making a huge push. Last year, Apple resurrected the MagSafe system, opening up the magnetic charging solution for iPhone users. However, If you’re from the other side, you’re likely wondering when Android is getting its first magnetic charger. Well, wait no more. realme has officially teased an upcoming magnetic wireless charger.
Leaked by GSMArena, the company will launch the realme MagDart will work like Apple’s MagSafe charger. However, according to the leaked render, the charger is larger than Apple’s charger.
The report does not spoil the exact hardware inside the charger, though. However, it does indicate that the charging power will be more powerful than 15W of wireless charging. realme also promises that the magnetic charger will be the fastest once it launches soon.
To coincide with the charger’s upcoming release, realme is also launching the first compatible smartphone: the realme Flash. Not much is known about the upcoming phone, but it is touted as “the first Android smartphone” that can support the charging solution.
Besides the charging solution, the company is likely launching a flurry of accessories to go along with the magnetic system. Apple has, of course, used the MagSafe system to add in other accessories for iPhone users.
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