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This is not your usual projector

It’s the Samsung Freestyle

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Samsung’s Lifestyle TV lineup is already diverse as it is. But it’s expanding even further by adding The Freestyle. 

What exactly is The Freestyle? Samsung fancies calling it “not a projector, not quite a TV, but an entirely new type of device.” And it’s true, to a certain extent. There’s certainly nothing like it.

In terms of how it showcases images — both moving and otherwise — it has most in common with a projector. But it’s also running the same Tizen OS and interface found on Samsung Smart TVs. And most importantly, it’s super compact. 

Tiny and light

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It’s hard to really show a gauge of it’s actual size, but here it is side-by-side with the Galaxy S22 Ultra. Now, Samsung’s latest flagship is quite the chonker, but for it to be close to size with The Freestyle when viewed like this is a testament to lifestyle product’s tiny-ness. 

If you’re curious, here’s the actual measurement of The Freestyle: 4” x 6.8” x 3.75”. To boggle your mind even further. It weighs less than a kilogram, 0.83kg to be exact. And that’s with the lens cap on!

Maximum portability

It’s tiny form factor makes it the kind of device that you can take with you wherever you go. It even has accessories for any outdoors plan you may have. These include a Carrying Case that almost makes it look like a water jug, a Battery Bank for extended outdoor sessions, and many more. 

That portability also translates indoors. You can prop it up in any room in your house with a blank wall. Plug, place, and play. 

 A projector? A TV?

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The Freestyle falls under Samsung’s lifestyle TV category where you’ll find products like The Sero, The Serif, and The Frame. These are all fresh takes on what a usual Smart TV is. And The Freestyle falls perfectly in that category. 

Essentially, it is a projector. But in terms of smart technology and design, it’s certainly more than that. You still need to place it in a room with a blank, flat surface so it can project the content. But what The Freestyle does is eliminate all the hassle usually associated with projectors. 

Instead of having to calibrate the image, The Freestyle smartly does it on its own. No need to worry about the picture looking squeezed, smushed, or overextended. The screen size is dynamic. It can go from 30” to 100” at 1080p resolution.

You also have access to the same version of Tizen OS found on other lifestyle TVs — specifically the Tizen 6.0 with the new 2022 Smart Hub. This lets you project not just Netflix shows and YouTube videos, but also some artwork or false window scenes. 

For audio, it has an eARC port and supports 5W (360) sound. I don’t have the exact measurements of the room where it was demonstrated, but it was large enough to comfortably hold about 20 people. Even then, The Freestyle was able to fill the room with its sound. Safe to say, it won’t leave you wanting in the volume and clarity department. 

Accessories and more

We already mentioned the Carrying Case and Battery Bank which are sold separately. Other accessories include a Bulb Socket and Freestyle Skins that come in three colors: Forest Green, Blossom Pink, and Coyote Yellow. 

There’s also a lens cap that comes with the box. Speaking of things that come in the packaging, you get this sleek-looking remote control.

 

Aside from the usual navigation dial and volume control buttons, there are also dedicated buttons for streaming apps Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime. It relies on Infrared (IR) technology instead of bluetooth so you have to know where you place The Freestyle to make it work. 

Price and availability 

The Freestyle retails for PhP 54,999. Pre-order period is from March 14 to April 17, 2022.

Samsung is holding a pre-registration raffle where users can win one of five Samsung The Freestyle units. It’s happening from February 14 to March 13, 2022. Details of the raffle are available in the link below:

Pre-register here. 

 

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This compact, portable speaker will bring the party anywhere

That 100W output is just wow!

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Wassup, party people!

JBL has just unveiled its latest addition to its popular PartyBox series — and it’s pretty small. Compared to their monstrous speakers, of course.

Meet the Encore Essential, JBL’s most compact speaker yet in the PartyBox series. Boasting a 100-watt speaker coupled with an ultra-portable design, the party can be transported anywhere you want it to be.

And with an IPX4 rating, the PartyBox can handle poolside splashes or continue playing while it’s raining.

Despite having a smaller frame, the Encore Essential still carries the signature PartyBox lightshow. It can deliver a cool strobe effect that syncs to any music beat.

More importantly, it can be easily controlled together with its volume through the dedicated JBL PartyBox app.

Certainly, the party will never stop with up to six hours of battery life. Moreover, there’s a plethora of connection choices. From Bluetooth, USB, and AUX — partygoers can choose the way they want to play their music.

“With the popularity of the JBL PartyBox speaker lineup, we are excited to introduce a smaller design option that delivers the same big, bold audio used throughout the series,” said Dave Rogers, President, HARMAN Lifestyle Division.

Price and availability

The JBL PartyBox Encore Essential will retail for PhP 15,999. It will be available online and in stores starting on June 30, 2022.

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LG release five new Soundbars in SG

Led by the flagship S95QR model

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LG Soundbar

As part of their rollout of a new lineup for 2022, LG Electronics has introduced five new LG Soundbar models in Singapore.

The stylish new models with convenient features will elevate home cinema and entertainment with powerful and precise multi-channel audio.

The new Soundbars will be available starting at SG$ 499 via LG official stores on Lazada and Shopee, as well as authorized retailers Audio House, Harvey Norman, and Mega Discount Store.

LG S95QR: The flagship model

Headlining the 2022 Soundbar lineup is the S95QR, an ideal home cinema buff solution that is a complete package.

The top-of-the-line soundbar offers an 810W output, 9.1.5 channels, and a total of five up-firing channels.

It also has upgraded wireless rear speakers with six channels compared to only four from its predecessor.

Improved connectivity

Select new LG Soundbars are equipped with more sensitive receivers to allow for greater distances between the soundbar, subwoofer, and rear speakers.

Their Music Mode which features Meridian Audio’s Horizon technology allows for a more realistic acoustic surround sound.

For more optimization and personalization, LG’s latest high-end models all have the following features:

  • Support for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
  • IMAX Enhanced support
  • Variable refresh rate (VRR) and auto low latency mode (ALLM) for gaming
  • Support for high-quality music streaming devices
  • TV Sound Mode Share
  • AI Room Calibration

The latest soundbars also have LG WOWCAST, a Wi-Fi audio dongle that mounts to the back of the TV to eliminate the need for cable connection.

For more information on the latest LG Soundbars, check the table below.

Model Channels Price
S95QR (810W) 9.1.5 SG$ 1,999
S90QY (570W) 5.1.3 SG$ 1,499
S80QY (480W) 3.1.3 SG$ 899
S75Q (380W) 3.1.2 SG$ 699
S65Q (420W) 3.1 SG$ 499

 

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Dreame V12 Pro: Powerful cordless vacuum

Cleans even the tightest of spaces

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When I moved out and transferred to my own place, one of the very first appliances I purchased was a vacuum cleaner. 

I got an affordable one that is highly recommended in the Facebook Group Home Buddies, and it was okay. It does the job. 

I use it more often than my normal household broom, so having a quality vacuum is a huge necessity for me. 

When the Dreame V12 Pro came to my doorstep, I was ecstatic. I am sure any clean freak would feel the same — it’s a cordless, battery-powered vacuum with a whopping suction power of 32,000 pa. Definitely a total upgrade from my previous one.

As someone who cleans every day, I excitedly put this product to the test.

So many functions!

Dreame V12 Pro comes with a wide array of accessories upon unboxing. It’s my first time trying out a cordless vacuum, let alone a multi-functional one, so I was carefully reading the manual while using it for the first few days. 

There’s a lot you can do with this powerful handheld vacuum cleaner – powerful enough to clean every corner of a whole unit. 

For instance, it can easily suck the collected dust on my keyboard, thanks to the brush accessory. There’s also the anti-mite brush for sofa and beds (this is heaven-sent, especially for fur parents), and the rigid rectangular nozzle which integrates a LED light to clean stubborn dirt such as cobwebs. 

For overall floor cleaning, the default suction brush is outstanding. It also comes with a 5-layer HEPA filter with 99% effective sterilization, which brings so much peace of mind especially that we’re still in a pandemic.

But don’t be intimidated; using the vacuum and trying all the attachments is actually as easy as pie. The Dreame V12 Pro has an easy lock function which requires less effort when detaching and shifting from one accessory to the next. It’s extremely handy and comfortable to use!

Very powerful suction

I mentioned earlier that it has a suction power of 32,000 pa. It’s one of the most competitive in the market, and is actually designed for deep cleaning. It can absorb micron-level dust, which makes it extremely powerful for both hard floors and carpets.

No worries, it uses smart adaptive technology so the suction level easily adjusts to the floor without worrying about overheating and your safety.

There was an instance that I accidentally dropped some condiments and a few rice pellets on the floor (I know, it was a clumsy day in the kitchen). I immediately got my Dreame V12 Pro to clean up the mess. My feet didn’t feel any evidence afterwards.

Another major problem for me is my tangled hair all over the room. A few weeks after using the product, there were less stands of hair on the floor, especially on areas not usually reached by a normal vacuum. I was enthralled.

I initially thought it will be great for large homes, but I highly recommend it for tight spaces. It has a high capability to remove dirt from every nook and corner.

The vacuum has three modes: Eco, Standard and Turbo. To save up on battery, I usually use the Eco mode with its good suction performance without taking too much battery energy. I sometimes switch to the Standard and Turbo mode during major cleaning days.

Elegant, user-friendly features

My least favorite thing about vacuums in general is having to empty the container. For me, it takes a lot of work especially because I keep on literally getting my hands dirty.

The Dreame V12 Pro features an easy to empty container and a simple grip mechanism that helps eject dirt without coming into contact with it. Additionally, the container has a huge capacity of 0.5L.

The product also features a trigger lock, which allows me to clean continuously and comfortably. 

The high quality LCD screen (which is actually one of my favorite features) provides real-time info on the battery life, suction power, and filter status. It also displays the three user modes.

Is the Dreame V12 Pro your GadgetMatch?

All in all, the Dreame V12 Pro is a great household investment that will last for years. The vacuum has a light, ergonomic design and an elegant grey color that can blend with any shade of room interiors. 

Am I satisfied with this vacuum upgrade? Hell, yes!

For PhP 23,990 (around US$ 460), you get a very compact vacuum cleaner with premium features that you can use in every situation. And again, it’s cordless. Check it out on the Dreame website here.

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