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4 things you can do with Samsung’s 49-inch curved monitor

Aside from gaming!

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Samsung’s newest curved monitor is big — like literally, it’s 49 inches. When it arrived at the GadgetMatch HQ, all the boys pooled around the massive sight and got excited about the games they could play. They then proceeded to play said games and for a good afternoon, the boys were busy “reviewing” the device.

Managing Editor Marvin hard at work testing out this unit

This video, crafted with love, is the result of countless hours spent with the monitor as they tested it out with unparalleled enthusiasm.

Of course, at first look, I didn’t care much about this monitor. Sure, it’s pretty cool, but the only games I really play are Travel Frog and Sims Mobile, so this thing pretty much didn’t register to me as something I’d want or even need. But, since it took up all the space, I got curious: Aside from gaming, what else can we use it for?

I asked members of the GadgetMatch team and these were their answers.

Video editing with a wider view 

Of course, dealing with video is a delightful task if you have all this space on a monitor. Kevin, who makes videos for us, basically took up the whole screen with his editing software. He explains that this screen “fits all the needed windows and tools so they’re easily available when you need them.” Just imagine all the tools and settings right in front of you!

Rodney, who heads social video production on the team, maximizes all the space for his editing, too. He says, “having a monitor this big helps a lot in really seeing all of the details. It’s easier to spot if there’s anything in the video that’s not supposed to be there.”

Multitask because you now have space to do so!

Let’s be real, we all wish we could multitask this well.

MJ, our Associate Visual Producer (or the dude you go to for pictures and graphics), put the monitor to use by working on his illustrations and watching cartoons — yes, both windows side by side. Of course, this isn’t something he could normally do on his laptop. He claims this is a great way to refresh his creative juices as he worked on tasks at hand.

Rodney, on the other hand, chose the monitor to follow basketball highlights as he worked on quick projects on his laptop. “It’s pretty amazing how I can lay them out and kind of just let my eyes dart from one video to another while also checking the stats and standings on another window,” he says.

Finally, I tried out this 49-inch monitor and put its usefulness to the test.

Social media monitoring

We do a lot of live posting and social media monitoring, and handling all these tasks is a dream on this large display. There was literally no need to shift windows as everything was onscreen all the time. Every single tab I had to open had space on this thing and it was glorious.

Online stalking 😂


Honestly, we’ve all done it at some point. If you don’t wan’t to admit you do it, let’s just say that the bigger the screen, the more info you can put on there. The possibilities are definitely endless.

The wider view is amazing. Since the monitor is curved, it gives you a better look at everything at one glimpse. My time with this thing was a definite eye-opener.

And, contrary to popular belief, it’s definitely not something only gamers should be excited about.

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in the Philippines

Transform any display into a Mac computer

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Apart from the MacBook Air, Apple also brought back to life another Mac device that is very much in need of an upgrade: the Mac mini.

The new Mac mini stays true to its purpose. It’s still a small computer that can be used with any display and peripheral you wish. When you need macOS but don’t like the iMac, this is the economical solution.

It now comes with the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors and flash storage. The ports of the new Mac mini are not limited even though it has a compact body. It has four Thunderbolt 3, an HDMI 2.0, two USB-A, audio jack, and gigabit Ethernet.

The base model with a Core i3 processor and 128GB of storage is priced at PhP 49,990 in the Philippines. If you wish to have a more powerful portable Mac, there’s the six-core model running a Core i5 processor with 256GB of storage for PhP 67,990.

Availability starts by the third week of December, but you may already pre-order through Apple’s website.

SEE ALSO: Apple’s new Mac mini adds more processing cores for 5x faster performance

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2018 Mac mini: Price and availability in Singapore

As compact as it sounds

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If you need more power and ports compared to what the newest MacBook Air offers, there’s the fresh Mac mini to consider.

Even though it’s designed to stay plugged in on a desktop, it’s as small as ever, and more environmentally friendly, too. It’s made of 100 percent recycled aluminum like Apple’s other newly unveiled products.

For the lowest-end Core i3 chip with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage, you have to fork over SG$ 1,179 in Singapore. Shipping starts on November 7, but you can order as early as today.

There’s also a Core i5 model with 8GB of memory and 256GB of storage for SG$ 1,619.

Both versions come with a host of ports, including gigabit Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A, 3.5mm audio port, HDMI 2.0, as well as a T2 Security Chip for quick data encryption.

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Apple’s new Mac mini adds more processing cores for 5x faster performance

Small yet speedy

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The Mac mini has long been due for an upgrade, and Apple has delivered with the arrival of the newest model during today’s launch event.

Simply called the new Mac mini, it has Intel’s 8th-generation processors, maxing out with a six-core Core i7 with up to 64GB of memory and up to 2TB of storage for the highest-end variant.

Because this is meant for a desktop setup, it comes with 10Gbps Ethernet, four Thunderbolt 3 ports, two USB-A, 3.5mm audio port, and HDMI 2.0. There’s also an Apple T2 Security Chip on board for on-the-fly data encryption.

Like the new MacBook Air, the Mac mini is made of 100 percent recycled aluminum, and there’s a professional-looking space gray color option this time. Of course, macOS Mojave comes out of the box.

Pricing starts at US$ 799 for the entry-level Core i3 chip with 8GB of memory and 128GB of storage. You can order starting today, while shipping begins November 7.

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