February Gadget Reviews Roundup 2015
Another month has passed and that means a new roundup of gadget reviews which includes the Cherry Mobile Cosmos One Plus, MyPhone Uno, MSI GS70 2QE Stealth Gaming Notebook, and the HTC Desire Eye to name a few. So before you start enjoying the summer season, take a look at our Gadget Reviews Roundup for February 2015.
Cherry Mobile definitely has a superphone right here with the Cosmos One Plus. The high-end hardware configuration is evident from the top performance in our benchmark tests. It comes with dual-LTE connectivity which is rare and first seen with the Huawei Ascend Mate 7. They top it off with 3GB of RAM that only flagship handsets tend to carry nowadays and a very capable Sony sensor for the camera.
The PowerColor Radeon R9 285 TurboDuo has most, if not all of the things one would want from a mid-range graphics card; it offer’s near-silent cooling solution, quite generous factory overclock and low TDP which will allow user to run this card on a decent 500W PSU like the one we used for this review.
The Fonepad 7 was a handy gadget to have around. It looked good to the point we’ve been counting friends that take a second look at the tablet and complement its physique. Its outstanding battery life also made a good partner to my iPhone 5 that easily gets drained when mobile data is active.
From our two-week usage, there are more reasons to dislike rather than to like the Microsoft Lumia 535. Perhaps the main culprit here is the issue with the touch which ruins everyday usage from swiping, scrolling, or even tapping, it is just frustrating. On the up side, the front camera can capture decent selfies for you, which is the primary selling point of the device. With an SRP of PHP 5,990, it can be a hard sell for some since the Nokia brand is not on board, and others can opt for a better option over the Android wagon.
The Huawei Honor 3C Lite is a decent contender for its price considering its competition in the likes of Asus Zenfone 5 Lite or Xiaomi Redmi 1s and other local brand offerings, and this new low-cost offering doesn’t disappoint. You have a great set of features all for the price of Php5,290: It’s got one of the largest internal storage at its selling point, a stunning display, and an almost-stock Android KitKat experience with just a hint of the company’s own proprietary launcher and icons.
Gaming laptops have evolved from being a colossal piece of hardware to a thin and sleek gaming machine without too much compromise in performance. One of the best example of that is the MSI GS70 Stealth which combines the portability of conventional notebook PC and raw performance of a decent desktop computer with a few extra features on the side for added functionality and swag.
There are a lot reasons to like the MyPhone Uno; Android Lollipop out of the box, decent performance, impressive battery life, good sound output and the fact that users are guaranteed to receive software updates straight from Google thanks to the Android One campaign.
With a local price tag of Php2,590 one can easily make the argument that the Noctua NH-L12 is more of a luxury item than a reasonably priced after-market CPU cooler. In fact, for the same price (or may be even less) one can simply opt for a decent all-in-one liquid cooler or, better yet, go for a significantly cheaper air cooler and spend the remainder of one’s budget for other PC components.
The Logitech G700s should be a perfect candidate for users who are in the market for a legit wireless gaming mouse that can provide the same level of performance as if it was a wired one. It should also be a perfect fit for those who are looking for those extra buttons for MMO gaming or added functionality, but not as overwhelming compared to the Logitech G600.
Hands down, the KingCom Pi Phone Venus is one of the best-looking seven-inch phablets we’ve seen around. It’s classy, elegant and sophisticated appearance can definitely turn heads. It also has powerful hardware tucked beneath its slim profile — more than a Full HD display, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a stock Android experience can actually give other devices priced near it a good run for their money.
The Sol Republic TKDK is one of the most eye-catching headphones we’ve come across. It has an energetic design which should appeal mostly to young people. The interchangeable headbands is also great feature as you can swap it if you want to sport a new look. It’s pricey though at almost Php10k given its sound performance. Sound-wise, it falls short when it comes to rock music or anything that needs emphasis on highs. On the bright side, it’s optimized for bassy music like club, party, or hip hop music and the TKDK delivers those tracks well.
The Sol Republic Amps is a good pair of headphones that can deliver Bass and Highs well. It’s versatile so those who listen to different types of music, whether club, party or rock, will definitely enjoy the Amps. Design-wise, this puts the Amps in a love it or hate it situation. It looks unique but might not be everyone’s cup of tea. So if you like the looks of the Amps, then this could be your next headphone. That is if you’re willing to shell out Php4,000 for it.
So far, we’re liking the HTC Desire Eye. While everything else has been accounted for in the last few days that we’ve been using the unit, our final verdict will revolved around the promise of the dual-camera system and the endurance of the built-in battery.
Overall, the O+ Time is a really decent wearable device for its Php1,995 low-cost price tag. For all the essential things you need, it can get all the job done. It has great connectivity (sans the calls), a really good and comfortable design, and an above-average battery life. The unconventional screen and some software issues both on the device and the accompanying software could do some working, though.
Overall, the Fukuda Smart Box is a really capable Android TV Box that comes with some useful features not found on other TV boxes. It’s light, portable, and it looks nice too.
The Bose SoundTouch 30, although the top of the line model in the series, has a lot of similarity with the SoundTouch 20 in terms of functionality. If you have both set up in your house you can set them to play the same music in each room or you can opt to play different songs for each speaker. As for sound performance, we’re glad to report that the downside we previously saw is no longer present in this bigger SoundTouch — what you get is a powerful and life-like sound that the company is known for.