Gadget Reviews Roundup: December 2018
Happy New Year, everyone! We hope that everyone had a blast celebrating the coming of 2019. For sure this year will bring tons of new gadgets, but before we welcome those, let’s take a look at the gadgets we reviewed last month. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for December 2018.
This device certainly cannot compete with the top of the tablet market; your iPad Pros, Pixel Slates, Windows detachables, et al. But as a device for very casual media consumption, light creative work, and family use, it does its job well. It’s got a good screen, even better speakers, solid battery life, and accessible software experience.
The Y95 has a stylish design with its gradient color combinations which will certainly attract consumers of all ages. It has a large screen with a large RAM with long battery life. The downside, however, is it only has a 720p display and can only play games at light-to-moderate graphics smoothly. It is priced at PHP 13,999 which I think is too expensive given that it only has an entry-level chipset.
Realme wasn’t kidding around when they claim that this phone is the “entry-level king”, and honestly, it just might be. I mean at Php5,990, you’re getting a phone, an entry-level one for that matter, that feels solid, has decent cameras, and a battery life that can last for more than a day.
The Galaxy A9 (2018) is a device aimed at multimedia-heavy users who like taking photos and consume online content on a big screen. It’s also a good device for gaming as it has a good hardware configuration and a big battery. However, as a photography-centric device, as suggested by its four cameras, it failed to impress.
The ASUS ZenFone Max Pro M2 is definitely an upgrade from the half-a-year-old ZenFone Max Pro M1. It provides better performance, cameras, and audio. However, the battery life did not meet our expectations. Given the large capacity, I feel like it should have lasted longer. We hope that this can improve with some software updates.
The print quality is excellent and detailed but what I like in the Ink Tank printers is that they print with only minimal noise as possible. It is a huge plus for an office setup as the printing process is not distracting. This printer is also lightweight which means that you can carry it even with one arm without breaking a sweat.
It’s been a while since I last saw a laptop powered by a Ryzen chipset and I must say that the HP Envy x360 stands out. Besides its core, the design looks classy and robust for a convertible laptop–not to mention that it has a touchscreen with an included pen in the set. It’s meant for those who need productivity anywhere without having to compromise style and heavy applications. Although it offers great specs, we still think it’s a little over budget at PHP 63,990.
The ASUS ZenBook 14 is one of those laptops you pick if you want something for productivity yet portable and attractive at the same time. It has a nice display with slim bezels, premium chassis, solid speakers, and packs decent performance and respectable battery life. As for the virtual NumPad, it’s something we rarely used, but it’s cool and nice to have around.