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Surface Pro 4 Hands-On

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Microsoft calls Surface Pro 4 the thinnest, lightest, and most powerful PC ever made. It also comes with an improved type-cover keyboard that now features a fingerprint scanner. The Surface Pro 4 also comes with a pen that actually has an eraser… *cough* Apple Pencil *cough*

It’s been more than 2 years since Microsoft unveiled the original Surface Pro.

A device category that was unique to Windows until late this in 2015 when Apple and Google entered the fray with the iPad Pro and the Pixel C. The entry of its closest rivals further validates Microsoft’s gamble on a class on a new kind of computing that’s in between tablets and laptops. And with the updates to this year’s Surface Pro 4, Microsoft hopes to maintain its supremacy.

What’s new about the Surface Pro 4? It’s thinner, lighter, and more powerful.  While the footprint remains the same…the screen is actually larger. Up from 12 to 12.3 inches. Inside there’s a more powerful processor and up to 16GB of RAM and 1 TB of space. Not the kind of specs you’d find on your average tablet. In some cases better than what you’d find on your average laptop.

Microsoft says its 30% faster than last year’s model and 50% faster than the MacBook Air. There’s also an innovative liquid cooling system – that guarantees the laptop stays cooler and quieter. Even with heavy use.

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One of the key features of the Surface Pro is using it with the Surface Pen which this time around is better than ever.

If Apple has the Pencil, the Surface Pen does one better with an eraser, that works like a normal pencil eraser would. It’s also a button. Click it to bring up One Note.

Sensitivity and latency has improved giving you an experience like writing on paper.  And if you’re serious, you can purchase nibs of different sizes or pens of different colors.Microsoft has done away with the pen loop. Now the pen just sticks magnetically to the tablet.

The Surface Pro 4 has 8MP and 5MP cameras. The front facing camera supports Windows Hello allowing you to log-on to the device using facial recognition.

The keyboard flip case has also receives a major upgrade. It now feels like a full laptop keyboard. Keys are crunchier. Travel distance is better. And the keys are now backlit. The glass trackpad is also 40% larger and supports multitouch gestures.

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Samsung Galaxy Z Flip Hands-on

Samsung isn’t giving up just yet

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It’s been a year since the first foldable of Samsung was released. Fast forward today, we have another foldable on the track.

Say hello to the Galaxy Z Flip! Unlike the Galaxy Fold that turns into a tablet, this one is so compact, it can even fit inside your coin purse.

Head on to the video above to know more or click the link here.

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Samsung Galaxy S20 Hands-On

Unpacked features just for you

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2020 is a year where Samsung is taking a leap of faith by getting out of its comfort zone. The Galaxy S20 may look like last year’s Galaxy S10, but it offers double the power and features than its predecessor.

But does that mean the prices also doubled? Find out more by watching the video above or through this link if you can’t access it.

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PH3 wireless headphones is a wearable Filipino pride

A limited-edition offering that gives back

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Electronics manufacturer H-Audio has been providing quality products to its market when it comes to audio solutions. While they have a select lineup of offerings, it caters to different types of users.

What we have here is the PH3 that screams Filipino pride as soon as you put it on. Read on and find out if it performs as good as it looks.

It has a straightforward design

Red and blue stripes signify colors from the Philippine flag

Three stars and a sun on each earcup

Can’t get any more Filipino than this

Solid build quality

Headband has a good flex to it

Clasps comfortably on the head

Doesn’t come off easily

Comfortable ear cups

Earmuffs are made of memory foam

What I personally like about the PH3 when it comes to design is how it has a minimalistic kind of approach with just the three stars, sun, and stripes of red and blue. Apart from these Philippine flag-inspired colors, everything else is white. Sure, it might require extra effort to keep it clean, but it’s just something that works aesthetically.

Build quality feels durable and not flimsy which is what I look for next to sound quality. This is made possible by using stainless steel for the headband support and hard plastic for the rest — making it light, but tough.

It has a nice fit around the ears and wearing it for extended periods of time was still comfortable thanks to its memory foam earmuffs. I’ve used it a couple of times while running on the treadmill and the earcups remained snug and in place.

All-around performer

When it comes to sound quality, let’s get to the point — the PH3 delivers. It’s got warm and distinct mids, decent highs, and impressive lows. The overall sound is what you’d expect of closed-back headphones and leans on the muffled side of the sound spectrum.

Active Noise Cancellation option

One thing I noticed, though, is that sound leaks a little to the outside world so you might want to keep that in mind when you’re in an elevator with other people or something.

Connection via Bluetooth was easy and automatically pairs to the phone each time the headphones is turned on. That alone is a big check for me.

Micro-USB port for charging

The company says it has up to 20 hours of battery life. While I was not able to continuously use it, the headphones lasted me about five days with ANC off and mainly using it for music at the gym, walking around the neighborhood, or even just at home.

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H-Audio’s PH3 is a reliable pair of cans with minimal drawbacks. It might require extra care to keep it clean and sound leak at full volume might be an issue for a select few. Looking past those, however, you have a good set of headphones that not only performs well but also looks attractive with its touch of a local theme.

Additionally, its features like wireless connectivity and Active Noise Cancellation make operations easier and add to the overall music-listening experience.

Priced at PhP 7,480, proceeds will go to platforms to raise funds and help the underprivileged Filipino youth. The PH3 is available in select The Loop by Power Mac Center branches, Urban Gadgets, and The Listening Room. For more list of stores carrying their products, visit their Facebook page.

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