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Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: GadgetMatch for the Multimedia Creative

There’s more than just the S-Pen

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra represents the current pinnacle of the Galaxy Note line. That’s why it’s not far fetched to think that it can seamlessly add value to people from different walks of life.

In this first of a three-part feature, we’ll explore how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra can be reliable partner for three specific people:

  1. The Manager
  2. The Casual User
  3. The Multimedia Creative

The One That Got Away

Let me start this piece by reminiscing the old times first. If you’ve read some of the articles I’ve written not so long ago (see here and here), I stated how I’ve been switching to Android smartphones every now and then because of some features that I simply don’t get in an iPhone.

Owning the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 four years ago was both a blessing and a curse. It was the perfect phone for someone like me who was still an undergraduate of Multimedia Arts.

The S-Pen did its magic and I loved how its single camera performed. But to simply end this melancholy, it didn’t last that long — like a fleeting relationship of sorts.

Old Habits Die Hard

By old habits, I mean the good ones. Of course, I was one among tens and thousands of Note users before — and I’m still fond of using the S-Pen even after those years.

The moment I heard that I’ll be doing a review of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, I was trying not to be ecstatic. Suppressing emotions isn’t healthy but being able to do so is a testament that most artists love keeping what they feel inside rather than being blatant about it 😂.

As an old Galaxy Note user, I was able to restore some of those files four years ago. I’m lucky that Samsung Cloud already existed before. Though not every file was backed up, I’m still glad it restored some of my drawings and notes in the Samsung Notes app (formerly S-Note). Even hideous notes made by my college batchmates were still there. Oh such nostalgia.

A True Work of Art

To be very perfectly honest, I’m amazed by how the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra improved over its predecessor last year. While everyone was complaining about the large camera bump, I was instantly hypnotized — especially with the fact that there are large sensors beneath that glass casing.

Again, for someone who has big hands, it honestly feels just right. It’s a true gem especially if you rock the Mystic Bronze colorway. It looks elegant and classy wherever you place it — even beside a messy paint palette.

When I had that free time, I brought out my canvas and painted just to release my inner artistic demons. It wasn’t in this shot but some of that white acrylic paint splattered onto its back. Luckily, it was easy to clean and didn’t leave any mark especially because of its matte glass back coating.

Getting Out of the Comfort Zone

The new Samsung One UI isn’t really new to me. In fact, I’ve used the Galaxy S20+ just months ago. Although Apple’s iOS simply does most of my work faster and snappier because of the simpler User Interface (UI), I easily got used to Samsung’s user experience again. In fact, I replaced the built-in launcher with a custom one called Lawnchair 2 just to show my inner artistic side through the phone I use — which I wasn’t able to do last time.

If you’re like me who uses Facial Recognition (like Apple’s Face ID) a lot, this smartphone feels insecure because of the lackluster Face Unlock feature. But in times like this when we’re always required to wear a mask, the in-display fingerprint scanner, is once again, handy. Though not the fastest, it still gets the job done and something you’ll get used to eventually.

Work Hard

Something to consider when using this phone (especially for work) is its form factor. Most of you don’t want a large (some say monstrous and gigantic) smartphone like the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra, but for me, it felt so good especially because it’s slim and light enough even for an almost 7-inch smartphone. I even managed to type one-handed while replying to our group chat in Telegram.

During my time with the phone, I was able to use Samsung Notes more than ever. I don’t want to get too specific but the new latency rate of 9ms (milliseconds) feels like you’re really writing on a paper. Jotting down notes was smooth enough for my liking.

With the gesture navigations, switching between apps is easy too! I love how I can switch between one app to another without a background app refresh. You can even resize the Notes window if ever you need to scroll through another app while writing on the other. I love this feature!

The ability to have 5G connectivity in the Metro was a total breeze. I was able to upload a 2GB file in just minutes. Even downloading a 1GB file took less than two to three seconds! This is totally helpful for me as a video editor who sometimes steps outside for errands while waiting for work updates on Slack.

Play Harder

Back then, stylus in phones were only meant for business-centric users. It may still be the thing today but Samsung’s revolutionary S-Pen and Note line serve more than work-minded individuals. As artists, our creativity doesn’t stop just in the work we do. In fact, we get even more creative in our spare time with passion projects or whatever tickles our fancy.

I’m not a die-hard mobile gamer but I need to say this part. Though this isn’t the Snapdragon 865-version, Samsung’s Exynos 990 was able to deliver that needed power when I played Asphalt 9 and Call of Duty Mobile (CoDM). During my gameplay, I never experienced casual lags and stutters. Albeit, the phone ran a little hot especially if there’s not enough air supply and ventilation around you.

Some of you may know that I’m a die-hard Orbit. Although I haven’t published it yet, I edited my unboxing video of LOONA’s crown lightstick using Adobe’s Premiere Rush. Again, editing using the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra was smooth AF even if the video is in 4K (UHD) resolution.

Spoiler alert: Focus was crazy fast even in Manual Video Mode thanks to the inclusion of the Laser AF (Autofocus)

I captured the whole setup using this phone and I’m amazed with how the cameras performed in video. (Photo samples come at the latter part of this article)

The photo above is, again, a proof of how great its cameras are. It managed to capture the real colors of the painting I did. Letting the paint splatter onto the canvas is a great way to release those bad energy that’s been stuck in your head for a while.

Using the Unfold app is better with the stylus — which I can’t do on my iPhone

There’s no problem running creative apps in this smartphone especially because we know how power-packed it is. If you’ve been looking where I layout my shots for IG stories, here’s the listicle to help you out.

Even when you use post-processing apps like Adobe Lightroom Mobile, VSCO, and Snapseed, you’ll simply get stunning results. The S-Pen stylus would help you adjust curves with ease while its vibrant display is helpful enough because of its color accuracy.

The Fear of Missing Out

Just like any other artist, we get exhausted so we rest to recharge our creative juice. Of course, I wouldn’t miss the chance of doing the things I love with this smartphone.

LOONA’s Voice — simply angelic and jaw-dropping

With my pair of Samsung’s Galaxy Buds+, I was able to enjoy LOONA’s new Extended Play (EP) titled ‘12:00‘. The song I played above makes me forget my problems somehow. Try listening to this magical album if you have time.

My Bae.. Suzy… I mean Seo Dalmi lookin’ slick in that CEO getup

Of course, it wouldn’t be a great experience without having to try its glorious 6.9-inch Dynamic AMOLED display. Though in this particular scenario, I was able to watch my favorite K-Drama ‘Start-Up’ (스타트업) while jotting down the characters and some jargons the characters use in the series. And yes, I know how to write in Korean (한글). Just don’t judge my writing style.

PEN UP + START-UP = LEVEL-UP

After binging five episodes of the series for over three hours, I was able to get my much needed recharge that I decided to sketch a young girl on a swing using Samsung’s built-in PEN UP app — just like how the company’s logo looked like in the drama. Though this isn’t a 1:1 ratio, being able to sketch as easy as sliding the S-Pen out is really a nice feature to have in a smartphone that you can’t simply do elsewhere.

Of course, there are more sketching apps in the Play Store you can try such as ibis Paint X, SketchBook, Infinite Painter, among others.

You Win Some, You Lose Some

People who know me are aware that I’m very nit-picky when it comes to cameras — let alone smartphone cameras. In this section, I’ll discuss what makes and breaks the cameras of the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra.

With no surprise, photos taken with the 108-megapixel Main Sensor (Wide-Angle) deliver stunning results. The colors pop and there’s enough bokeh when doing close-ups. With the added inclusion of the Laser AF (that was absent in the Galaxy S20 Ultra), it helps the main sensor shoot moving objects without blurring out the main subject.

Even the Laser AF works well with optically-zoomed shots.

ICYMI: The Galaxy Note 20 Ultra’s optical zoom maxes out at 5x (and up to 50x Hybrid Zoom — more on that later).

Speaking of zoom, this smartphone has three sensors (including the 12-megapixel Ultra-Wide and Telephoto lenses) that handle the job very well especially with the presence of natural light.

Wide | 5x Zoom

Just like how I stated earlier, the cameras are superb! This is actually how the painting looks like in real life. The colors look vibrant just like the variations of acrylic paint I threw onto the canvas.

Wide | Ultra-wide

For the most part, it’s also able to capture HDR-rich photos whether you use the ultra-wide or wide lens. In this particular example, both lenses were able to capture the subtle rays of a rainbow with a close consistency in WB (White Balance).

But this isn’t a perfect camera after all

One minor thing I noticed (that I don’t like) is when I shoot food. There’s a weird radial blur-situation going on in these two photos. The first one is a 짜파게티 (jjapagetti) while the other is a spaghetti and chicken combo. Just look at the outer field of focus and you’d see that circular motion blur coming out.

Another problem I encountered is the inconsistency in AF (autofocus) and AWB (Auto White Balance). These photos were taken seconds apart — same focal length, same lighting condition, same position. You can see how details in the bag, shirt, and even the wall got blurred out in the second photo. The first photo is closer to reality with its warmer tone while the second photo got bluish in tint.

Not that it’s a big deal but this is a reminder for future buyers that the telephoto sensor takes blurry photos — though there’s a camera reminder whenever it detects if a photo was blurred. Again, not a big fuss for something that will be posted on social media. It’s just something worth pointing out that can be fixed via software updates or maybe in the next Galaxy Note (and even the upcoming S) series.

50x Zoom | 15x Zoom

Finally, here are shots of the moon and two birds on an electric wire. They honestly look commendable but what breaks this category for me is the fact that Samsung’s camera software processing in ultimately-zoomed shots look so smeared that details are barely visible.

I get that they’re still trying to develop this technology and I know this is a good thing for smartphones. Still, it’s something worth to consider especially with how they hyped up “Space Zoom” during the launch of the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

For artists who also want great selfies, here’s how that single punch-hole camera performed.

Portait OFF | Portrait ON

The beauty filter is turned off in both of these shots but I guess there’s still some smearing going on after you hit the shutter button.

Is the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra fit for a Multimedia Creative?

If you’ve reached this part, you would already know if its meant for you. Of all the apps I’ve used for sketching, editing, and even processing my photos, this is obviously the ultimate smartphone for a Multimedia Creative.

If you like scribbling and sketching, the S-Pen does the job in which other phones can’t. Other than that, if you’re someone like me who uses the rear cameras often, it’s also a great companion for taking great snaps without ever worrying about the quality.

Considering this as your new smartphone this 2020 wouldn’t be a problem if you have the purchasing power. But if you’re hesitating because of its hefty price tag, the Galaxy Note 20 would be a better substitute minus the elegance and other nifty features. If you’re an Illustrator or a Graphic Artist who’s looking for a bigger device plus the glory of the S-Pen, I’d recommend the Galaxy Tab S7+ instead.

Overall, its blazing-fast performance paired with a lot of creative and productivity apps, the Galaxy Note 20 Ultra is simply one of the best (if not the best) smartphones out there that creatives would love and enjoy using in the next few years — especially that Samsung has promised software updates of up to three years with this smartphone.

SEE ALSO: Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: GadgetMatch For The Manager | Galaxy Note 20 Ultra: GadgetMatch for The Casual User

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I’ve lost hope in getting a next-gen console for the foreseeable future

On shortages, scalpers, and struggles from all over the place

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If you already have any of the next-generation consoles, you may read this if you wish. But for most of us, myself included, we all shared a collective struggle to snag one of the two highly-anticipated consoles late last year. Unfortunately, such struggle continued even into the new year, even when Sony and Microsoft were pretty optimistic about it to start.

Don’t get me wrong: the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X are part of the future of console gaming. We’re talking technologies and hardware that supposedly rivals that of any gaming PC build for more than half the price. Even with a limited game library, game developers are adopting the next-gen consoles moving forward.

However, at launch, almost all units sold out in an instant — and the reasons are quite obvious. Months prior to launch, these companies stated numerous reasons for shortages on launch day. People like me were hopeful that restocking inventory would come soon enough, and would be enough for everyone all over the world.

But why are we still struggling to find a next-gen console?

Believe it or not, this struggle to simply purchase a next-generation console isn’t entirely on the industry itself. Sure, they’re running low on production staff, worldwide deliveries are a little messy right now — but that’s not 100 percent on them anyway. In case most people forgot, there’s still a COVID-19 pandemic happening in most parts of the world.

The pandemic put the video game industry on hold for a bit, as production for the next-gen consoles took a heavy hit. Because of remote working conditions and factories shutting down, Sony and Microsoft went out and said that launch day units will be scarce. I thought that they would just simply delay the launch, but nope — they still wanted to launch in November, on the exact day.

And yet, the next-gen consoles ended up being well-received by everyone — especially the ones that were either sent a unit, or successfully bought one. Both consoles sold out on launch day, mostly due to online pre-orders on Amazon, eBay, Walmart, and other retailers. Even here in the Philippines, eight retailers held online pre-orders and immediately sold out within the 5-minute window.

It’s pretty clear to me that there is a high demand for the next-gen consoles wherever you decide to buy one. However, the companies simply cannot provide regular stock as soon as possible due to a lot of factors — hardware shortage, mostly. Yet, Sony and Microsoft do their best to try and release more stock whenever possible so everyone gets an opportunity to buy one.

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What do you mean, everyone gets an opportunity?

I remember when Datablitz PH held its first online pre-order for the PlayStation 5 back in November, two weeks before the official release. On the day of the pre-order, I received the email with the link to the pre-order form and instructions on how the process goes. However, I was busy around that time, so I asked my sister to check the link for me.

Then, she texted me saying that every pre-order slot was full, even for the Digital Version. Slots went out so fast, it’s like the 5-minute window was way too long. At the moment, I had no complaints because I expected this to happen. This wasn’t the case for the rest of the internet as they took  their complaints to social media on the online pre-order system.

Another pre-order wave started, so more opportunities, right?

A second wave of pre-orders came in just last January, and I didn’t even bother with it anymore. Instead, I decided to lurk around Datablitz’s Facebook page and see the comments on their restocks and, well nothing changed. The claims were the same as the first time: bots from other buyers, while others are able to log in at an earlier time. There were even some conspiring that retailers had internal agreements with other people about it, which I don’t think is the case.

In essence, not everyone gets a “fair” opportunity at grabbing a next-gen console. It sucks that this has been a regular occurrence with premium items like this, and yet no concrete actions have been taken. But, I was thinking that maybe we’re looking at the wrong culprits here.

It isn’t the pre-order system’s fault entirely, and it’s mostly because this was an initiative by Sony and Microsoft given the pandemic situation. We’re trying to contain the virus here, and staying indoors for the most part is the best way moving forward. Still, I think they could have improved the process with every new run.

Wait, how come they have an abundance of stock of the next-gen console?

Instead, allow me to direct your attention to the scalpers themselves; you know, people selling you things for an insanely higher price. You’ve seen these people on a Facebook Marketplace or on Shopee, promoting that they have a next-gen console ready for you. Some of them even go out of their way to offer you a complete bundle to save you the hassle!

It’s not just these people that are participating in the grand sweepstakes for a next-gen console. In addition, there are also these (let’s just call them) unauthorized resellers who also somehow have stock of these consoles. While some of them do sell the console at either a fair or much lower price, there are those that don’t tell you that you have to pay extra fees for them.

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In essence, these people manage to give you what you want: a next-gen console. The catch, however, is that you have to satisfy these two conditions to get it: be a sure buyer, and be ready to spend tons of money getting it. 

But, I thought that next-gen consoles were in shortage?

That’s the first thing that came to my mind when I kept seeing some of these “sellers” on social media. The fact that they have nearly tens to hundreds of units every other week just makes it hard to believe. Even when both Sony and Microsoft declared a shortage for the next couple of months, the grind continues for these “businesses.”

I say that they’re a business because these sellers claim to be such entities. They’re somehow able to capture a need present in their market, and provide the product or service to address it. As with most businesses, they determine the price such products or services are offered through extensive research and planning. For scalpers and unauthorized sellers, however, price setting is the easy part.

These entities will seek to supply everyone with as many units as possible, and they’ll find ways to procure them in bulk. You know how people were complaining that bots are taking their stock for online pre-orders? Well, some online retailers and news agencies are aware of such technologies being abused that way.

In my own experience asking one of these unauthorized sellers, they told me that they’re supposedly closely linked to the manufacturers. Also in some cases, they are not giving me a full rundown of any additional fees nor any proof of such. Yet, they expect me to simply abide by the payments since I got it for cheaper. In essence, they achieve the same thing as scalpers do by paying more than official retailers.

So, what now? Should we just wait for regular stock?

Admittedly, I’m already thinking that regular stocks of the next-gen console won’t be here for another 7-8 months or so. It’s not just because of the already announced shortages in hardware. Rather, it’s the fact that there is a higher chance that scalpers will get a hold of them first.

I feel like these companies were pretty clear on how they want the next-gen consoles to be received. In my opinion, they truly want to give everyone access to the future of gaming; that maybe you don’t need to spend insane amounts of money for crisp, clean gameplay. You know, something that you can do on a gaming PC but on a much cheaper yet strategic price tag.

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Yet, these scalpers and unauthorized resellers simply want to make a profit off a need like this. Cry about it all we want, but these people exist and some people partake in their businesses. They’ve practically turned the next-gen console into a true luxury, something that the industry and some governments are trying to go against. 

I’ve lost hope in trying to get the next-gen console for this year, or possibly while the shortages are still in effect. At this point, I’d rather spend that money somewhere else, or invest it in the stock market. We could wait for regular stock all we want, but if scalpers keep getting these from us, there’s just no hope.

SEE ALSO: A somber look at the PlayStation 5 crisis

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What you need to know about Elon Musk’s Starlink

The much-awaited internet service is coming sooner than later

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Over the last few weeks, reports started pouring in about the possible arrival of Starlink internet service to the Philippines under a partnership between Converge ICT and SpaceX. These reports came after a senator’s meeting with representatives of SpaceX discussing the benefits, possible timeline, and requirements needed from the internet service.

These reports quickly became the talk of the town especially with the frenzy surrounding Starlink. You may have heard it before given the media attention it had received in the past. SpaceX — the company behind Starlink — promised fast network speeds and coverage almost anywhere around the planet with its internet service. There’s so much more to that though, so here are the things you need to know.

What is Starlink?

For those out of the loop, Starlink is a satellite internet service provided by SpaceX. SpaceX is a company founded by Elon Musk that builds next-gen space exploration technologies. The company is also behind the high-profile launches of reusable rockets as well its plans to bring people to Mars.

Starlink works through a constellation of small satellites. These satellites are placed in low to medium Earth orbit, communicating signals through an array of antennas and lasers. They work in tandem with dedicated ground transceivers to receive from and transmit signals to the satellites. In effect, the internet service relies on satellites instead of physical cables to provide an internet connection to consumers.

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The technology behind Starlink is not a novel one, with the first satellite internet service dating back to the 1990s. However, most of these services ultimately failed due to logistical constraints and the prohibitive costs involved in setting things up. Granted, there had been few services that have seen some success but their adoption is few and far between. Reducing latency and lowering costs for consumers remain major challenges to many satellite internet providers.

Wanting to improve the whole situation, SpaceX began product development of Starlink in 2015. By 2018, it began testing its satellites which culminated in the launch of operational ones last 2019. Just last year, the company reached a milestone by launching up to 60 satellites at a time. This 2021, it is setting its sights for the global coverage of the populated world. Ultimately, SpaceX aims to put about 42,000 satellites in orbit in the future.

One goal of Starlink is to provide people in remote areas with a fast and reliable internet connection, which means a lot for developing countries like the Philippines.

How do I sign-up for the service?

Right now, the company is offering a limited beta service in the US and Canada. If you live in areas where the service is available, you can go ahead and sign-up for the service on Starlink’s website. Not all who signed up can avail of the service though since they are limiting their users at the moment on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you’re lucky, you may receive an email containing further instructions.

What does it feel like to use the service?

During its beta phase, Starlink claims speeds of 50 to 150 Mbps. Latency — which is also a crucial factor in internet-related tasks such as gaming and streaming — ranges from 20ms to 40ms. These figures are far from the advertised 1Gbps speed, as well as the advertised latency of 25ms to 35ms.

Still, those figures are fast enough for everyday use, especially when compared to other satellite internet services. Those figures are also close to the actual experiences by people participating in the limited beta service. For its part, Starlink promises continued improvement to network speed, latency, and software.

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At the moment, the cost of signing up for Starlink is much higher than availing of a cable internet connection. The satellite setup kit is reported to cost around US$ 499 (PhP 24,000) while monthly fees start at US$ 99 (PhP 5,000). In comparison, PLDT’s internet plans max out at PhP 6,099 for 300Mbps while Globe’s internet plans max out at PhP 9,499 for 1Gbps.

To get connected, Starlink users must configure their setup kits and download the respective app. Each setup kit consists of the satellite dish, Wi-Fi router, power supply, cables, and a mounting tripod.

A clear view of the sky is also a prerequisite for a stable connection. As a note, weather disturbances can affect the connection between the user and the satellite infrastructure.

Starlink also requires its setup equipment to be stationary at all times. This is unlike cellular networks, which are designed to be mobile. While it offers a “wireless” connection to the internet, it still is “fixed” in the sense that it requires constant communication between the transceiver (the satellite dish) and the orbiting satellites.

When is it really coming to the Philippines?

Recent reports suggest that Starlink is coming soon to the country, but no definitive timeline has been given. Rumors suggested that the service will arrive later in Q3 2021. The most recent development squash any hopes of imminent arrival though, with Converge ICT stating that the partnership is still “premature”.

During the later weeks of February, however, Filipinos who signed up for Starlink started receiving a reservation email. The reservation fee costs around US$ 99 (approximately PhP 5,000) though it is fully refundable too. The email also details a possible coverage of the whole country by 2022. The exact date, however, remains unclear at the moment.

Likewise, the internet service still has many obstacles towards its widespread adoption in the country. The initial cost for would-be subscribers comes to mind. As mentioned, the approximate cost of Starlink hovers at PhP 24,000 with a monthly fee amounting to PhP 5,000. For that cost, you are getting better speeds with local telco offerings.

Despite its high cost, the promise of a fast and reliable internet connection is tempting especially in far-flung areas. Reaching out to these far-flung areas is a major challenge for all local telcos since the necessary physical infrastructure is non-existent or hard to setup.  Starlink could reach these areas easily, providing internet connection to those willing to shell out money.

Are there any other things that I should know about the service?

Starlink has garnered some concerns as well, with most directed towards its potential to cause light pollution. The potential to contribute to light pollution is a particular concern for astronomers. Apparently, Starlink’s satellites are bright enough to leave a trail of light, “photobombing” shots of the night sky. To this end, SpaceX said that it is already working on a solution to amend the problem.

As Starlink continues to push forward, more and more people are hoping to get aboard with the service. After all, a fast and reliable internet connection is still far from reality for many people living in remote areas. Hopefully, the service would come sooner as this will greatly improve the current situation of the internet in the Philippines.

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Machenike: Best budget peripherals?

Worth it?

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I’ve been wanting to get myself a mechanical keyboard to slowly work towards building a PC from scratch. Of course, this is sensible considering I have a laptop to plug them into. You know, getting the pretentious privileged feel of not struggling amidst a world still in shambles?

So, while the hunt was dreadful on hypothetical money I didn’t have, we stumbled upon an affordable alternative that we didn’t quite expect. But, in a good way–I think.

What is Machenike?

Machenike is a Chinese professional gaming hardware brand. It’s the first established esports hardware brand in China with investors like Haier and partners like Alibaba Groups. Now, Machenike has its fair share of rounds online. But, it’s getting a lot of traction especially when people are looking to upgrade their work-from-home set-ups. With affordability, performance, and aesthetic seemingly in check, are their peripherals really worth the buy? Here are the ones we tried out:

Machenike K7 mechanical keyboard

Let’s put facts out there: there’s no escaping plastic with peripherals. From god-awful unachievable to wallet-saving prices, most peripherals are mainly made of plastic. So, don’t act all surprised to find that Machenike’s mechanical keyboard line is mostly plastic. Considering its price-point, this is kind of a steal.

The Machenike K7 comes in four variants depending on the keyboard color (RGB or Ice-blue) and switch color (blue or black). The keycaps have a matte texture with opaque keycap letters, characters, and controls to show off your pick of color.

Design-wise, the keyboard shows-off its minimalism, unicorn-vomit rainbow aesthetics, and multi-functionality. You can connect it via cable or Bluetooth and play around with RGB settings.

Every click is audible and only requires a reasonable amount of actuation force. Which, you’ll need to make sure you double-check before ordering one (the blue switch is 60g and the black switch is 80g).

Is this the mechanical keyboard for you?

Overall, the keyboard looks and feels great despite low-quality keycaps and unbranded switches. So if you’re looking for a mechanical keyboard but are strapped for cash, this is a really good one.

It’s got great features, a simple and sleek design, and reliable performance under its belt. So, it’s definitely a keeper. The Machenike K7 is on sale on Lazada for just PhP 1,498.

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Machenike M6 and M7 gaming mouse

The Machenike M6 is a wired ultra-light gaming mouse with RGB capability. The mouse comes with four variants depending on color (white or black) and mouse sensitivity (6400 DPI or 16000 DPI).

Meanwhile, the Machenike M7 is a wireless gaming mouse with RGB capability and up to 10 days of battery life. The M7 has three variants depending on mouse sensitivity (2400 DPI or 16000 DPI), OMRON switches (10M or 20M), and battery (600mAh or 1000mAh).

Machenike M7

As for design, the Machenike M6 gaming mouse has a unique honey-comb design that lets the Machenike’s logo and mouse internals peek through. It strikes out more than the M7’s minimalistic black design with RGB accents at the bottom. Both mice are made of plastic but, that comes with the price-point. They’re both minimalistic in design and have customizable features at the bottom.

Overall, they’re both reliable performance-wise and can deliver on accurate use and play. But personally, the M6 is a bit too light for my liking which is more on preference than anything else.

Are these the gaming mouse for you?

Overall, the Machenike M6 and M7 both deliver on your gaming mouse needs despite cheap components. It’s a matter of preference on wired or wireless mouse (although the M7 has a wired option), aesthetics, and weight. So, if you need an affordable gaming mouse, this is definitely a good pick.

The Machenike M6 is on sale on Lazada for PhP999 and the M7 for PhP 1,199

More wins on top of the price

As affordable as the Machenike peripherals are, there are more wins for the brand on delivering your orders within 3 days. This typically isn’t a win elsewhere on the planet but, knowing painful order waiting times on some tech essentials, this is a big fat W for the brand.

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