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Top Gadgets of 2018: Hot in Stores Right Now!

Technological hypes and innovations will surely give you your own goosebumps these days. It’s kind of a surge, an influx, an invasion or fad. They say, the more the merrier! But the more will give you more analysis paralysis.

It’s not like the Nokia time. Such that when you wish to have a mobile communication handset – you know what and where to go – Nokia phone and Nokia Store. This 2018 things are a bit off the previews grid of technological consumerism. It’s the battle of the fittest technological brainchild – Apple, Samsung, Dell, Acer, Huawei and more. The battle to take your attention while hundreds more are poking at your back.

You freeze from all these stuff. What are you going to choose? You want the best – they all offer the “best”.

No worries, listen to us. These are one of the best thinge you can bet you buck on!

These are the Top Gadgets of 2018 that you can buy according to some Top Gadget and Tech Review councils somewhere out there.

Mobile Phone Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus

Samsung is making a big deal about the camera on the S9 range and for good reason, on the back of the S9 Plus are dual 12MP cameras, both with an impressive f/1.5 maximum aperture. At the time of writing the S9 range is the only phone with a camera aperture this wide, making its low-light prowess second-to-none. (TechRadar)

Weight: 189g | Dimensions: 158.1 x 73.8 x 8.5 mm | OS: Android 8 | Screen size: 6.2-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2960 | CPU: Snapdragon 845 / Exynos 9810 | RAM: 6GB | Storage: 64GB/128GB | Battery: 3,500mAh | Rear camera: Dual 12MP | Front camera: 8MP
PRICE PHP 46,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Samsung Galaxy S9.


Laptop Huawei MateBook X Pro

The Huawei MateBook X Pro is our new pick for the best laptop money can buy in 2018, after years of this list being dominated by the (still excellent) Dell XPS 13, which is now in second place. While Huawei hasn’t been making laptops for as long as more established manufacturers in this list, it has absolutely knocked it out the park with the MateBook X Pro. (TechRadar)

CPU: 8th generation Intel Core i5 – i7 | Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620 , Nvidia GeForce MX150 2GB GDDR5 | RAM: 8GB – 16GB | Screen: 13.9-inch 3K (3,000 x 2,080) | Storage: 512GB SSD
PRICE PHP 74,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Huawei MateBook X Pro.


LED TV Samsung Q9FN QLED (2018)

As well as being even brighter and more colorful than last year’s equivalent model, Samsung’s 2018 flagship screens use a completely different lighting system to combat its predecessor’s contrast problems: Full Array Local Dimming rather than edge-lit LED lighting. The FALD panel works in tandem with Samsung QLED Quantum Dots to produce a picture that’s brighter and more colorful than near any we’ve seen come from the South Korean manufacturer. (TechRadar)

65-inch: Samsung QE65Q9FN
PRICE PHP 34,500.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget/appliance retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Samsung QE65Q9FN QLED TV.


Gaming Console Sony PS4 Pro

The battle between Sony’s PlayStation consoles and Microsoft’s Xbox series is hard-fought, but right now we think the PS4 Pro has the edge over the Xbox One S, thanks to a combination of good hardware, great games, and a generous online offering. (TechRadar)

Dimensions: 29.5 x 32.7 x 5.5 cm (W x L x H) | GPU: 4.20 TFLOPS, AMD Radeon™ based graphics engine | RAM: 8 GB of GDDR5, 1 GB DDR3 | Communication: USB 3.1, HDMI 2.0a, Ethernet, Optical Audio and PlayStation Camera ports, Dual-band 802.11ac wireless, Bluetooth 4.0 | Max Resolution: 3840 × 2160 | Maximum controllers: 4 | Storage: 1TB
PRICE PHP 28,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Sony PlayStation 4 Pro.


Fitness Tracker Moov Now

The Moov Now doesn’t have all the bells and whistles you would associate with a fitness tracker. It doesn’t have GPS tracking, it doesn’t even have a screen; but what it does have is a cheap price tag and six-month battery life. Yes, you read that right: six months. (TechRadar)

Screen: No | Heart rate tracker: No | Waterproof: Yes | Activity tracking: Yes | GPS: Yes, through phone | Battery life: Six months | Compatibility: Android/iOS
PRICE PHP 6,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Moov Now Fitness Tracker.


DSLR Camera Nikon D850

According to TechRadar’s Photography Editor Phil Hall, the “fabulous D850 DSLR pretty much ticks every box”. It has a brillaint 45.4MP full-frame sensor, stunning image quality, and that’s where the story starts. It has a sophisticated 153-point AF system and 9fps bust shooting speed. The D850 is just as home shooting wildlife, landscape, and portraits. He thinks it could perhaps be the most well-rounded camera he’s ever seen. (TechRadar)

Type: DSLR | Sensor size: Full-frame CMOS | Resolution: 45.4MP | Lens: Nikon F mount | Viewfinder: Optical | Screen type: 3.2-inch tilting touchscreen, 2,359,000 dots | Maximum continuous shooting speed: 7fps | Movies: 4K | User level: Intermediate/expert
PRICE PHP 160,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Nikon D850 DSLR Camera.


Tablet iPad/iPad Pro

According to our Phones, Wearables and Tablets Writer James Peckham, the best tablet on the market right now is the new iPad (2017), with its sharp 9.7-inch display, beautiful design, and A9 chip – and all for a price that isn’t going to break the bank. While the new iPad (2017) isn’t doing anything revolutionary, it’s a solid update on an already five-star device, and at a much more palatable price. (TechRadar)

Weight: 469g | Dimensions: 240 x 169.5 x 7.5 mm | OS: iOS 10 | Screen size: 9.7-inch | Resolution: 1536 x 2048 pixels | CPU: A9 | RAM: 2GB | Storage: 32GB/128GB | microSD slot: No | Battery: approx 8,800mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP
PRICE PHP 36K – 74K  ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Apple iPad Pro Tablet.


Smart Watch Apple Watch 3

Apple has managed to knock itself off the top spot for best smartwatch with the excellent Apple Watch 3. It will look very familiar to anyone who has the Apple Watch 2, as it’s basically the same frame with different innards, but those innards make all the difference. (TechRadar)

OS: watchOS 4 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.53″ OLED | Processor: S2 dual-core | Band sizes: Varies drastically per watch size | Onboard storage: 8GB / 16GB (Non-LTE and LTE respectively) | Battery: 18 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IPX7 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC
PRICE PHP 19,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Apple Smart Watch 3.


VR Headset HTC Vive VR Headset

The HTC Vive is the best VR headset in the world right now. The controls are intuitive to use, the resolution is incredible, with a 1080p screen per eye, and the base stations mean you can play in a space that’s 13 x 13 feet in size – that’s some serious playing space to swing yourself around in.  (TechRadar)

Screen resolution: 2160 x 1200 | Compatibility: Windows | Field of View: 110 degrees | Play-space: 13 x 13 feet | Controllers included?: Yes | Weight: 470g
PRICE PHP 42,500.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about HTC Vive VR Headset.


Headphone Sennheiser Momentum Wireless

Choosing a ‘best pair of headphones’ is a tricky proposition, because everyone needs something slightly different from their listening devices. If you need a lightweight pair for the gym then you’re probably better off with a pair of wireless earbuds; or, if you do most of your listening at home and want the best-possible sound quality, then a pair of wired over-ears might be better. (TechRadar)

Acoustic design: Closed | Weight: N/A | Cable length: 4.6 feet | Frequency response: 16-22,000Hz | Drivers: N/A | Driver type: Dynamic | Sensitivity: N/A | Impedance: 28 ohms | Battery life: 25+ hours | Wireless range: 30+ feet | NFC: Yes
PRICE PHP 19,000.00 ± (as of September 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorize gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Learn more about Sennheiser Momentum Wireless Headset.


AirDisc – A Filipino Airconditioning Breakthrough

Maria Yzabell Angel V. Palma is the name behind the airconditioning breakthrough that would potentially become a disruptive technology in the cooling playing field.

Photo: Philippine Information Agency

Yza is a De La Salle University mechanical engineering major who came up with an AirDisc prototype that introduces an air conditioning technology that leaves little to no carbon footprint by consuming less energy and by not using any chemical refrigerants.

Photo: Yza Angel Palma through www.townandcountry.ph

It was by chance that the AirDisc, the central technology in this brainchild, was invented while Yza was engrossed on a high school project at the Philippine Science High School (Bicol Campus). Her project was an AirWave Oven who fathered her then AirDisc technology. She noticed that the project was emitting cold air instead. So, “…why no use this cold air instead” for airconditioning, she exclaimed.

Photo: Yza Angel Palma through www.townandcountry.ph

She consulted her father being a mechanical engineer himself in the development of the technology. She noticed that customary airconditioning use high pressure and low volume coupled by chemical refrigerant to produced desirable cooling output.

A lightbulb moment was switched on to her, why not create the reverse instead – come up with a low pressure and high volume air conditioner instead.  From there, she produced the AirDisc, which consists of a compressor based on low compression pressure and high volume of air molecules as a refrigerant. The system will allow air conditioners to function on 150 watts only.

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Yza had her own slice of predicament in his growing years as a typical Filipina student. She is well aware of the skyrocketing electric bills and cost by every common Filipino family. Such when she was tired, hot and grumpy taking strides from school and she wants to cool herself with an aircon from her grandma’s room, only to be told about the cost of switching it on.

She has now the chance to put cooling matters into her own hands. Yza has already gained recognition from the International Federation of Inventors’ Association (IFIA), and won multiple awards from different organizations.

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According to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), her invention has already gained support from other interested companies willing to capitalize for its commercial production. Yza is enjoining other companies in bringing forth cleaner cooling technology – more in particular her brainchild the AirDisc system.

Besides being interested in cleaner alternative for airconditioning, she’s getting tab’s on to how electric power plant works and maybe to some other future technology.

As of this writing, Yza’s invention is on it’s prototype and in its way taking shape for formal production as well as local and international patent applications.

Photo: Yza Angel Palma through www.townandcountry.ph

I’m betting on her – and I know you do! Way more to go Yza!

Sony NW-ZX100 Series Walkman Player

If our ears can take in some great music compose of High-Resolution standards, then the audio device that we’ve chosen to employ must’ve been built with utmost quality and precision. As in the case of SONY’s NW-ZX100 Series Walkman Player, the merrymaking of perceiving High-Res Audio will just come out naturally.

Solely intended to deliver paramount sounds in any given occasion, one can be assured that the NW-ZX100 Series has been crafted with only the best components. Each and ever piece in this music player has been carefully and meticulously selected before it was installed in the player’s circuit board. Wise enough on SONY’s end, they devised their own first-rate solder in order to greatly secure the circuit board from unnecessary noise and all kinds of distortion triggered by external vibrations. In effect, sound are smoothly heard as electromagnetic interference is reduced. Having this result would also mean decrease energy loss and enhanced system efficiency.

Still living to the epitome of High-Resolution Audio, SONY integrated the NW-ZX100 Series with a highly advanced audio technology so users can further experience a supreme quality of sounds just as they deserve. SONY’s exclusive digital sound enhancement engine, DSEE HX Technology, supplies high-quality audio by means of reestablishing the subtleties of the original recording that vanish during the compression phase. As result, all recordings from both MP3 and CD are improve after the sound have been recreated in different frequencies. Hence, users get to enjoy studio-grade sounds from every track.

And since the NW-ZX100 Series’ boasts a huge storage capacity, keeping numerous files in this music player shouldn’t come as a hindrance. With 128GB on hand, audiophiles can save as many High-Resolution audio files as wish. As for the variety of files types, users need to be restricted in coming up with their ideal playlist since the NW-ZX100 Series can support an assortment of compressed and uncompressed file types. Take into account too the NW-ZX100’s impressive batter lie, audiophiles get to greatly benefit from an extended playtime of up to 70 hours for MP3 and up to 45 hours for Hi-Res Audio. (PC Buyer’s Guide. January-March 2017. Volume 13. Issue 4. Page 12)


For full specifications click HERE.


What’s in it for you?

In pursuit of perfection. The NW-ZX100 series High-Resolution Audio Walkman® is meticulously engineered with premium components, refined aluminum body, and Noise Cancelling technology, so you can just focus on the music.

Nothing but the music. Focus on the music with exclusive Noise Canceling headphones. Immerse yourself deeper in the sound, thanks to the NW-ZX100 series’ exclusive bundled headphones. Noise Canceling mutes distractions from the world outside, so it’s just you and your music.

Precision engineered for superior sound. A host of premium components have been specially selected for use in our circuit boards, to deliver the best portable audio experience.

High rigidity.  A high-rigidity frame keeps the circuit boards secure, preventing unwanted noise, and distortion caused by external shifts or vibrations.

High quality solder for a purer signal.  We developed our own high-quality solder for reduced noise, which has improved sound resolution across the entire frequency range. Low dielectric board for smoother audio.  The low dielectric board insulates the circuit board, minimizing electromagnetic interference for smoother sound. It also reduces energy loss, improving overall system efficiency.

Your music on the go never sounded so good. The NW-ZX100 series has a powerful combination of high-end audio technologies – for detailed, lossless playback for all your music, whether through headphones or speakers.


For more info kindly visit Sony NW-ZX100 Walkman Player.

PRICE PHP 52,000.00 ± (as of August 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorized gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).

Jabra Sport Pace Workout Earbuds

Engaging in one or more physical activities certainly improves the wellbeing of any individuals. Resulting to a fit and healthy lifestyle, it’s no wonder why numerous folks would be seen brisk walking in the park, running around a jogging trail or exercising in the gym.

And these peeps are not only seen in their chic workout attires and gears, but more importantly, with some musical accompaniment believing that some great music can make their workout more appealing and fun. And to cite one great standard, we have no less than the Jabra Sport Pace Wireless Earbuds.

Ergonomically crafted, the Jabra Sport Pace comfortably hook to the ear. Whatever the activity is, users can be greatly assured that it stays right in place. Weighting less than a kilogram, this earpiece is absolutely light, making its presence barely noticeable. Built with US military-grade standards and holding an IP54 certification, the Sport Pace is likely to stand the rain, wind, storm, dust and sweat. When use at night, tis cord lights up so workout enthusiasts can still perform their daily routines without being limited to the typical daytime workout schedule.

Truly a bona fide jewel to any daily workout, the Jabra Sport Pace delivers premium stereo sound and provides up to five hours of great music or talk time. Impressively enough, a 15-minute charge swill already amount to a 60-minute batter life. Having said so, fitness enthusiasts can become more pumped up as they aim to get the most of their activities. Worth mentioning too is the Jabra Sport Life that the earbuds boast. This tool is basically a highly optimized training management program, wherein the user’s performance is effectively monitored.

Whether a beginner or pro in the drills, the Jabra Sport Life app further enhances any workout by providing training stats and tests that will help its students reach beyond their fitness goals. Easily downloadable on the user’s smartphone, the app calculates the statistics accomplished by the user such as calories burned and distance traveled. By knowing the actual results, the user actually gets to plan on his strategy for his net workout, thus helping him greatly improve and even take his workout to the next level.

(PC Buyer’s Guide. January-March 2017. Volume 13. Issue 4. Pp22.)

Download Mobile Phone Apps for Jabra Sport Pace.

   

Specifications
Package Quantity 1
Brand Jabra
Product Line Jabra Sport
Model Pace
Manufacturer Jabra
Width 1.3in
Dept 0.6in
Height 1.1in
Weight 0.76oz
Color » Red
» Blue
» Black
» Yellow
Manufacturer Jabra
Form Factor In-ear-over-the-ear-mount
Connectivity Wireless
Bluetooth Profile » Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP)
» Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP)
» Hands-Free Profile (HFP)
» Headset Profile (HSP)
Sound Output Mode Stero
Frequency Response 100Hz
Sensitivity 109dB
Impedance 32Ohm
Diaphragm 0.5in
In-Chord Volume Control Yes
Bluetooth Version 4.1
Microphone » -38dB Sensitivity
» 100Hz Response Bandwith
Audio Controls Answer/end, next/previous track, play/pause, volume
Controls » Volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track
Transmission Link 33 feet
Connection Type USB
Battery » Headphone battery rechargeable
» 2 Hours recharge time
» Rechargeable
Run Time 5 hours
Standby Time 120 hours
How to use Jabra Sport Earbuds?

 


For more info kindly visit Jabra Sports Pace Workout Earbuds.

PRICE PHP 5,000.00 ± (as of August 2018)
AVAILABILITY All selected/authorized gadget retailing outlets nationwide (Philippines).