Gadget Reviews Roundup: December 2017
Happy New Year everyone! 2018 is finally here which means new gadgets will be revealed soon. But before that happens, let’s take a look at the devices we reviewed last month, which includes the JBL Pulse 3, The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 Ti, Samsung Galaxy Note FE, OnePlus 5T, and the Cloudfone Next Infinity Quattro. Take a look at our Gadget Reviews Roundup for December 2017.
The Pulse and Pulse 2 were considered as one of the most exciting Bluetooth speakers when they came out. JBL continues that trend with the Pulse 3 with a new look and improved quality. It sounds good and is definitely better than the Pulse 2, but compared to other speakers in the same price range, it doesn’t offer anything ground-breaking.
The X405UQ performs quite well, has good video editing capabilities, high base RAM capacity, more than enough battery life for light tasks, a responsive trackpad, and an above average keyboard. It’s downsides though, such as its subpar audio, entry-level gaming capabilities, simple design, and non-backlit keyboard might be deal breakers to some.
The GTX 1070 Ti is undoubtedly a great option for those who want GTX 1080-esque levels of performance at a lower cost. It’s great for gamers who want the nicest possible detail in games played at 1440p or 1080p 60fps, but that’s not to say that high refresh rate gaming or 4K 60fps is out of reach.
The Galaxy Note Fan Edition is a fitting tribute to the old Galaxy Note series. This model came about because fans truly wanted it revived and released back to the market. The design is already a year old but it’s still as beautiful and impressive as ever.
The Gear Sport is basically a toned-down version of the Gear S3, a bit underwhelming considering it doesn’t offer anything new, but can still a good smartwatch for those who don’t want to splurge. It looks and feels premium, fun to use, has great health monitoring features, and can be customized frequently with different watch faces. If there’s one disadvantage, that would be the app limitations of Tizen, but hopefully, it picks up soon.
The ZenBook Pro UX550VE is certainly an interesting device and lived-up to the hype it created to some degree. If users can look past ASUS’ mistake on the cooling system and the port positioning then they would be greeted by an amazing laptop with an elegant design, powerful internals, immersive speakers, rock-solid build, stellar battery life, beautiful display, and excellent keyboard.
At a Php3,999 price, the Flare S6 can finally kill the Cherry Low-batt moniker it has been known for as this has good things to offer — the great battery life, the good device aesthetic and build, and the fact that you actually have a USB Type-C device with a fingerprint scanner at this price are some worthy features that deem of consideration.
The Moto X4 is a solid Motorola offering thanks to its nice display, premium build with water and dust resistance, dual-rear cameras, and above average battery life. The stock Android experience with promised Android Oreo update is also a big plus. It doesn’t offer anything new in terms of design but it’s still a pretty device overall.
OnePlus has always been a crowd-favorite among early adopters. Their releases are always spot on and OnePlus phones have always been heralded as the flagship-killer. It’s a great alternative for those who are looking for the latest hardware with a generous amount of storage and memory. You can’t anything better than this in its price category and for that alone, we definitely agree that the OnePlus 5T easily takes the crown for the budget flagship title.
It’s not an incremental upgrade from its predecessor, like what we see with some other products, but it even improves on everything that was great about the a7R II. It further shows how the Sony a7 series is best-in-class in packing so much camera power into a compact form factor. The a7R III does so much for the user, allowing them to just focus on the moment that they’re looking to capture.
While not equipped with features such as quad cameras, big storage, and big battery capacities, the Cloudfone Next Infinity still proved itself to be a capable device. Underneath that unassuming design is a phone with a surprisingly good display, respectable performance, well-built body, and admirable cameras.
Cloudfone’s Next Infinity Quattro is not just the result of the company’s effort to provide its customers with a good, reasonably-priced device but it is also a sign of the company’s commitment to improving its product line. For Php12,999, you’re getting a smartphone with features normally found in more expensive offerings – a large 18:9 display, slim bezels, good quad cameras, decent performance, and a large battery.