Gadget Reviews Roundup: November 2020
The last month of the year is finally here and pretty sure everyone is looking forward to the Holidays. But before you finalize that Christmas wishlist, let’s check out the reviews we’ve done last month. This includes the Apple iPhone 12, Huawei Mate40 Pro, realme narzo 20, ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325E, and Apple MacBook Air 2020, to name a few. Check out our Gadget Reviews Roundup for November 2020.
The MacBook Air 2020 is a good recommendation for first-time MacBook owners who want the most affordable option in the 2020 lineup and will use it for light to moderate tasks. It becomes a more enticing recommendation if you already own a few Apple devices like an iPhone. But for creators who are looking for something more powerful to handle heavier workloads, we’d recommend getting the MacBook Pro instead.
For PHP 8,999, you’re actually getting good specs, including a Full HD+ display, a decent processor, a 48MP quad-camera setup, and not to mention, it’s got amazing battery life. Of course, it also comes with few shortcomings, like not being able to play graphically-intensive games smoothly at high settings and lacking EIS in the video.
For the price of PHP 7,490 (4GB + 64GB), the new narzo 20 packs good capabilities at a low price. Comparing it to the realme C15, the narzo 20 packs better performance thanks to the processor, which will benefit gamers. It also has a Type-C port and versatile cameras. The only disadvantage we see here is how it’s almost identical to realme’s previous offerings. However, if you’re thinking of getting a new budget smartphone in this budget, we recommend that you get this one instead.
The Infinix Zero 8 comes with an official tag of PHP 12,990, which is really attractive for what it offers. Its performance should be enough for your day-to-day use with some casual gaming. The cameras are excellent, and it can really produce high-quality photos for your social media posts.
The VivoBook S14 (S433EQ) is priced at PHP 59,995, which is the same price found on the previous VivoBook S14 10th-gen Intel Core i7 variant. If you recently purchased the 10th-gen model, there’s no need to feel bad as the performance can still be considered good. But if you’re scouting for a good laptop now for that budget, you’d be glad to know that the new VivoBook S14 received some upgrades.
The OPPO Reno4 Z 5G has a price tag of PHP 20,990, and it is exclusively available on Globe and Smart postpaid plans only. For that, you’re getting a screen with a high refresh rate, solid cameras, and long battery life. It can also be considered as one of the more affordable options for those looking for a 5G-enabled smartphone but don’t want to spend much on more expensive flagships.
The iPhone 12 will set you back PHP 49,990 for the 64GB variant on Apple’s authorized reseller. If you are coming from the iPhone Xs or Xr or an older generation of iPhone, the iPhone 12 is a pretty nice upgrade in all aspects. You’ll get a pretty powerful chipset, a stunning image quality from its new camera system, and a pretty ergonomic new design.
The Huawei Mate40 Pro, without a doubt, is the best smartphone the company has released to date. It’s almost the perfect phone, checking out the requirements we want for a 2020 flagship — a large immersive screen with a high refresh rate, great speakers, the most powerful cameras in the smartphone market, amazing performance, great battery life, cool software features, and comprehensive connectivity features.
The ASUS ZenBook 13 UX325 is a great laptop for light to moderate users looking for a stylish machine that is light and has a small footprint. But it’s no lightweight in productivity, though, thanks to its decent performance, nice screen, comfortable and functional keyboard, and long battery life. If this is what you’re looking for, then put this laptop high on your list.
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon Gen 8 is a tough, reliable and capable laptop with a light and slim body, nice display, excellent keyboard, generous connectivity, good performance for its class, and decent battery life. However, it’s not for everyone though, given the high starting price tag of PHP 129,990. It’s a serious business laptop meant for corporate people with serious money. But if you’re just a regular person who needs a capable ultrabook for work and entertainment, there are more affordable options out there.