Now more than ever, keeping our homes hygienic and sparkling clean should be top priority. Cleaning your apartment can be daunting especially if you don’t do it a lot and have dust and cobwebs accumulating in every possible corner. What’s helped turn things around for me while in quarantine is the Roidmi X20 Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner.
Design that meets your minimalist aesthetic
Unlike a lot of other cordless vacuum cleaners, the Roidmi X20 comes in a rather minimal package. Its design is refined and elegant, not robotic or futuristic. It looks more like something that will blend in with your home decor and furniture.
It comes in two colors — Obsidian Gold and Ink Black and White — the one I have is the latter.
It’s also designed to be quieter so unless you have paper-thin walls, when set at its lowest power your next-door neighbors won’t know you’re doing some house chores.
Buttons are placed on the grip for easy access. It has three power modes, which can be changed with a press of a button. With the highest suction power at 145AW, this makes it a little bit more powerful than the Dyson V10 and the LG Cordzero A9 Ultimate.
Its air-x dust separation technology ensures that the X20 won’t encounter the common problem of suction reduction because of blockage in the filter.
The overall design and simple structure of direct multi-stage suction makes it lighter and less bulky than other cordless stick vacuums. Weighing at just 1.5kg, the Roidmi X20 makes vacuuming a lot less tiring.
Multiple attachments make the task seem less daunting
Seeing how much cleaning you need to do is overwhelming — a feeling I certainly had when I finally had time to give the Roidmi X20 a go.
As with big projects at work, having access to multiple vacuum attachments makes the big task seem more doable. They help break it down into multiple smaller tasks.
The main attachment is the carbon soft rolling brush, which is what you use to clean the floor. It works well on wood, tiles, and softer surfaces like carpets and rugs.
The Roidmi X20 is the first smart cordless vacuum with a mop, so there is a magnetic mop accessory that can hold up to 160ml of liquid. With this attachment, it slowly sprinkles water or your cleaning solution of choice as you glide it through the floor so you save time by vacuuming and mopping at once.
One of my favorite features is the light-sensitive LED on this attachment. It automatically lights up when you’re vacuuming dark, hard to reach areas like those under the couch and the bed. These are parts of the apartment you usually ignore when cleaning since the dirt in there is not as visible.
There’s a small attachment for crevices and areas that don’t fit the soft rolling brush. This is great for not just for the dust that accumulates in corners, but also cleaning the small spaces between the pots of your indoor plants, as well as those tiny spaces between books in shelves, or behind the lamp on your bedside table.
The extender helps elongate the vacuum, and is great for cleaning curtains and ceilings. With it, you no longer have to step on a ladder or stool just to get rid of cobwebs.
The extender, of course, works with every other attachment, so you also don’t have to duck and risk lower back pain you’re vacuuming the floor with the soft-rolling brush.
You don’t have to be a germophobe to not want to bring the germs from the floor to your bed. This is why I appreciate that the Roidmi X20 comes with a dedicated mattress brush. If you’ve never vacuumed your mattress before, you’d be surprised at how gross it actually is once you do.
Battery life will change your cleaning habits
Despite its good design and ergonomics, and included attachments, life isn’t rainbows and unicorns with the Roidmi X20. Its biggest weakness is also one that is very important to me: battery life.
At its lowest suction power, the vacuum lasts 65 minutes and a mere 10 minutes at the highest. I got to admit, this was a struggle at the very beginning because of how much cleaning I had to do. Worse, it takes more than 2 hours to fully charge the vacuum.
Now this would have been acceptable if it worked while it’s plugged in. Unfortunately, there’s just no way to charge and clean at the same time.
Now, I’m not one to give up on something because of one obstacle. If anything, I take things like this as a rewiring experience — a way to reassess how I do things.
Instead of letting dust accumulate for more than four weeks, I now clean the apartment more often, so I only have to do it for shorter periods of time. Knowing that you only need to clean for one hour at a time is also less overwhelming than the thought of quarterly deep cleaning that consumes your entire weekend.
The Roidmi X20’s poor battery life has made me look forward to cleaning every weekend. It now feels less like a chore, but an activity that I’m excited to make time for.
It’s also worth noting that it comes with a magnetic wireless charging wall dock that I haven’t gotten around to mounting. It should make putting the vacuum away in a more orderly fashion, but installing anything on the wall is a pretty big commitment for me to make at this point.
There is also an app that you can pair it with, but it’s not that useful. It shows information like battery life and whether the filter needs emptying, which the small LED indicators on the vacuum itself can tell you anyway.
Is the Roidmi X20 your GadgetMatch?
If you are looking to buy a cordless vacuum cleaner, the Roidmi X20’s minimal design and small build are the biggest features to consider. At US$ 449 a good option that offers the same, if not more suction power than its more expensive counterparts from the likes of Dyson and LG. The attachments you get are also the standard ones you get from other brands.
Its poor battery life is a drawback if you have a bigger space. If you’re like me and live in a small apartment, it’s more than enough. This is especially true if you can instead see it as a silver lining that forces you to change old habits and makes cleaning exciting again.
On being mindful in your everyday activities
The OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 are the perfect pair to help you tune your mind and body
With everything that’s happening, it’s easy to get overwhelmed and feel lost. One coping mechanism that might work is being mindful and intentional in your activities. I used to face my issues head-on, aggressively putting up a fight and jumping onto anything that might help me feel better.
For the past few weeks, I used the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 to aid me in my quest to become mindful in my everyday activities. It helps me reduce my anxiety about the future, and helped me stay grounded to be more present in my life and within my relationships.
Stay away from ruminating and going on a negative downward spiral. Here are mindful practices that allow you to use technology in helping you become more present.
1 | Start the day with a purpose
Let me be real here: There are no ‘candid’ mornings that are aesthetically pleasing and seemingly picture-perfect. Par exemple, the vlogs you see from social media personalities and the snippets they upload on their platforms.
No one wakes up every day looking pretty, vibing in front of the camera. But there’s one thing that a lot of people consistently do — and it’s waking up mindfully.
Instead of reaching for your phone the moment you open your eyes, try to take guided breathing exercises and drink your water. The OPPO Watch Free has guided meditation tips and reminders to hydrate — which you can set the notifications on depending on your schedule.
Once your breath settled into its own rhythm and you feel at ease, it’s time to begin your ‘daily’ habit. The OPPO Enco Air2 is the perfect accessory to help you focus on your morning routine.
In my case, I alternate my mornings between reading a self-help book, drinking my coffee in utter silence, or journaling my thoughts and/or dreams. Afterward, I prepare my to-do list to ensure my productivity levels will be stable as the day goes on.
2 | Check in with yourself
Throughout the day, it’s easy to neglect your mind and body’s alignment as you press on to meet your deadlines. Wearing your lifestyle devices should truncate the hustle-bustle of your everyday life so you can do more of what makes your soul alive.
Ask yourself: How do you feel about your well-being? Most smartwatches can give you a glimpse of what’s happening in your body. If you’re unsure where to begin, start there.
The OPPO Watch Free carries basic smartwatch functions that might seem elementary to some. It monitors the blood oxygen and heart rate variability in real-time. If you forget to check in with yourself, it doesn’t.
The watch, if you set it up accordingly, will always vibrate at certain times to remind you to drink your water. It also encourages you to stand up when you’ve been sitting for an hour or longer.
At night, you can utilize a watch’s sleep monitoring capabilities. OPPO calls it the OSleep All-Scenario Sleep Monitoring, which records your entire sleep journey. Plus, it also monitors if you snore during your sleep.
You can get a glimpse of the personalized sleep report through the watch’s vivid 1.64-inch AMOLED screen. For a more comprehensive report, you can get more details through the HeyTap Health app.
3 | Pause and recalibrate
There are days when it gets really overwhelming, you might even drown in stress and anxiety. If you encounter one of those days, it’s time to press pause and recalibrate your mind, body, and soul.
I find it relaxing to plug the OPPO Enco Air2 and revel in its clear sound and boosted bass. To adjust your preferences and make the settings personalized, the wearable can be linked to the HeyMelody app. Even if the pair of wireless earbuds don’t snug tightly in my earhole, I can still listen richly as if I’m in a different world.
Call it escapism, but it helps me re-center my thoughts. I find it easy to look at my issues objectively when I step away and detach. I don’t even have to open my smartphone to control my music playback since the Enco Air2 and the Watch Free work seamlessly together. Either I use its touch controls or navigate the smartwatch to change my tunes on Spotify.
Notifications are easily received through the watch, allowing me to check if the message is important enough to warrant an immediate response. Otherwise, I’ll get lost in my little world for a few minutes before I hop back into reality.
4 | Activate your mind and body
For athletes, fitness enthusiasts, and seasoned gym-goers, there’s no need to rely on a smartwatch’s workout and exercise modes. It doesn’t, in any way, help progress their training because their fitness level is of a different magnitude. I, myself, am part of that category. My focused training isn’t covered by any smartwatch features because it requires me to remove any wearable to perform exceptionally.
For what it’s worth, the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 helped me become mindful during my active rest days. Often, I forget to turn on the walking and/or running mode when I take my fifteen-minute stride to the gym or when I hit the treadmill to wake up my senses.
The watch automatically activates the basic exercises mode it detects. If you’re beginning your fitness journey, there are over 100 workout modes that you can use to track and record your progress.
Moreover, I don’t have to worry about my sweat dripping since the Enco Air2 has an IPX4 certification. Simply put, it can handle splashes of water. Heavy sweating included.
In a way, both devices can help you tune your mind and body as you perform physical activities. They can accompany you on your journey, and they can surely keep up as you level up.
5 | Becoming more present
The pair of the OPPO Watch Free and the OPPO Enco Air2 might seem like basic accessories — but they focus on what’s truly essential. Both devices come with long battery life. The OPPO Watch Free, as advertised, has 14 days of battery life. I’ve proven this to be true since, at the end of the thirteenth day, I still have 13 percent battery left.
The same goes for the OPPO Enco Air2, which played music consecutively for four hours. Yes, I sometimes continuously work on my desk for more than four hours straight. Accompanied only by a pair of wireless earbuds and a gigantic, hydration bottle.
Although, the Enco Air2 can be charged multiple times allowing you to get up to 24 hours of music playback. I didn’t find a need for that, though.
At the very least, both devices allowed me to reduce my screentime and severe smartphone usage. I started being more mindful in my everyday activities that don’t involve endless scrolling and wasting hours. It allows me to enjoy life offline and be more present, while still connected with technology.
Where to get this perfect pair?
The OPPO Watch Free retails for PhP 5,999 and comes in two colors: Vanilla and Black. Meanwhile, the OPPO Enco Air2 is available for PhP 3,499 in two colorways: White and Blue.
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6 things to consider before buying a smart monitor
Look beyond the widescreen monitors you’re familiar with!
Having a smart monitor isn’t something I considered, given that I left a desk station almost a decade ago. I was liberated from the usual office setup, tugging along my laptop wherever I go.
However, the recent circumstances surrounding our working setup changed the way I think about investing in a do-it-all monitor. Now, we’re torn between committing to on-site work, fully work-from-home, or staying in a hybrid setup. I’m certain it’s not just me thinking heavily about investing in one.
To ensure we get the value of the monitors we’re purchasing, here are some things to consider before buying one.
Clear and vibrant display
Frankly, a device’s screen is the most important part. You spend a lot of time looking at the information provided on the display. This is why you need to consider the screen first and foremost before buying a smart monitor.
An enthralling screen is extremely important, especially if you’re a creative professional. For instance, my Huawei MateView delivers 4K+ resolution, a 98% DCI-P3 color gamut offering 1 billion colors, 500 nits of brightness, and HDR capability. In other words, it has a high-resolution, color-accurate display that’s capable of displaying high dynamic range content.
It certainly helped me in my graphic design, photo retouching, and video editing endeavors.
We’re not getting any younger — I think we’ve all heard everyone say that. That said, back and neck pain are something you’ll deal with especially when you spend hours looking down on your laptop. It’s inherently bad for your body and posture in the long run.
Experts recommend that you look straight, which is why having an adjustable monitor is important. Forget monitor stands or stacked books, an adjustable monitor will allow you to adjust its tilt and the height of the display to maintain eye level.
Taller screen for better productivity
If you’re more focused on being productive and getting things done, having a monitor with a taller aspect ratio is much better than the usual 16:9 widescreen monitors.
For example, the MateView has a 3:2 aspect ratio which makes it reasonably wide, but still tall enough to fit what you’re working on. In my case, it’s easier to post-process hundreds of photos we took of the devices we’re working on.
Seamless wireless connection
Most manufacturers are heavily investing in ecosystems nowadays. Apple, Samsung, Huawei, and even the likes of Xiaomi are starting to integrate their devices and connect seamlessly through smart features.
My Huawei MateView, for example, quickly connected to the Huawei P50 Pocket which I tapped on the monitor’s base imprinted with Huawei Share or OneHop icon.
It automatically connected to the monitor and allowed me to choose to display what was on my phone. There’s a Desktop Mode which resembled more of a computer OS than a smartphone interface.
You can also connect through Wireless Connection and you don’t have to worry. The monitor is designed in such a way that latency — or lag — isn’t noticeable.
Go wired and keep it tethered
Some people still prefer to use different options for connectivity: USB-C, HDMI, and Mini Display. Personally, I still use the USB-C cable whether for my MacBook Air or the Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra since it charges the device at the same time.
The Huawei MateView can charge any laptop that requires 65W and under. Also, I like how it works smoothly with non-Huawei devices.
Moreover, there’s a headphone jack if you don’t want to use the front-firing speakers. The port also doubles as a mic input, perfect for important calls.
Aesthetically pleasing to your eyes
We spend time working on our desks for 8 hours or more. Sometimes, it goes beyond 18 hours when you work in a fast-paced environment like an advertising agency or production house.
If you’re going to look at your devices for a long time, make sure you like what you see. It’s easy to stay productive when you have a pleasant setup. It’s not always limited to decorating your desks with fancy accessories and color-matching everything.
Sometimes, you just need a smart monitor that’s pretty to look at, so you get excited to hop on your work and get things done. Of course, it shouldn’t be just beautiful. It needs to be functional too.
As for me, the Huawei MateView delivers exactly what I need. From aesthetics, connectivity, display, and ergonomics — I’m happy to use this for the next few months or maybe, even a year.
Arcwave Voy removes the pressure on your hands during self-pleasure
The new male stroker targets the gigglestick’s Merkel-Ranvier receptors
Arcwave, a premium sex toy brand dedicated to male bodies under LoveHoney group, has just launched Arcwave Voy. Dubbed as the world’s first CleanTech silicone stroker, Voy promises a whole new way of masturbation.
It uses an advanced and unique Tightness Adjustment System (TAS), developed after research revealed that Merkel-Ranvier receptors in the skin of the penis respond particularly well to pressure. The global study was conducted by Arcwave in 2021 and was responded to by 7,200 men coming from 18 countries.
The system is activated by rotating the adjustment wheel behind the top lid, which increases or decreases tightness. Having the adjustment system ensures that the stroker is fit for every kind of penis.
Designed with science in mind
Arcwave’s proprietary CleanTech silicone, which was present in another stroker called Arcwave Ion, is also used for Voy. The material is ultrasmooth, hygienic, and durable yet flexible to accommodate different penis sizes.
Moreover, Voy comes with two protector lids so it can dry quickly and maintain a sleek condition. It also gives a stylish, discreet look so you can place it anywhere without shame.
It’s also designed to fit perfectly in the palm of your hand. The ergonomic shape makes it easy to handle and grip. Furthermore, it’s so compact that you can store it inside your drawer, or pack it inside your bags during your travels.
Arcwave Voy is available for US$ 99 at Arcwave.com, Lovehoney.com, and other retailers. It will come to Singapore on June.
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