Gadget Reviews Roundup: August 2019
September is finally here which is also an indication that the -Ber months are coming and we are now approaching the Holidays are coming soon. That also means that more devices will soon be released just in time for Christmas. But before we get ahead of ourselves, let’s take a look at the gadgets we reviewed last month which include the ASUS ROG Strix G G531, Lenovo Z6 Lite, OnePlus 7, and the Huawei Nova 5T. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for the month of August.
It has Android One as its operating system, possesses a dedicated micro SD slot, has a dedicated Google Assistant button, and pretty modest battery life. Its cons outweigh the pros though, such as its disappointing performance, washed-out front, and rear camera photo quality, lack of portrait mode, poor audio quality, and honestly, its asking price of PHP 7,990 is just too steep for its league.
Priced at PHP 6,999, the JBL Endurance Peak are a fine pair of true-wireless earbuds overall. It’s well-designed, produces a satisfying audio quality, has a pretty modest battery life, waterproof and sweatproof, and has hooks to ensure that the buds won’t fall out.
Its 120Hz refresh rate is excellent, especially if you’re playing games that can utilize this display technology. The overall performance is respectable thanks to its Intel Core i7-9750H processor; however, the 8GB of RAM could be a bottleneck, especially if you’re running multiple resource-heavy applications at the same time.
While we think that Lenovo did an excellent job with the Z6 lite, it doesn’t quite hit all the marks. An HDR10 display, Snapdragon 710, and an impressively long battery life are attractive points, but the cameras pretty much miss all the spots. It would be great if Lenovo could give the Z6 Lite a software update in the future and improve the camera. For now, though, it’s not good enough.
Lenovo is marketing the ThinkBook 13S as a business laptop with entertainment features. It looks great, durable, and portable. And given our experience with it, I think they’re right. It’s basically for work, meaning MS Office applications, emails, and web browsing. For entertainment, we’re narrowing it down to YouTube and Netflix.
The Nova 5T has an attractive and premium design, nice display, good cameras, decent battery life, and excellent performance. If you’re coming from the Nova 3, there’s still plenty of reasons to upgrade to this phone. So, if you’re looking for a flagship-grade Huawei smartphone but don’t have the budget for the P30 Pro, this is the one to get.
The ASUS VivoBook S15 has an attractive body, slim bezels around the display, and a pretty good battery life. Performance-wise, it’s good enough for work and some casual gaming. However, the display itself is dim, and the colors are lacking in vibrancy, had limited viewing angles. The audio quality was rather average despite the Harman Kardon name. The display is one of a laptop’s most essential aspects, and it’s quite disappointing that the S15’s screen has several downsides to it.