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MSI Dragon Army Promotion 2017

Yesterday (July 21), in a very intimate gathering at a conference room at the Malayan Plaza, MSI displayed 5 of their 2017 third quarter offerings to the Philippine market.

With an upcoming official launch that will coincide with the TI7 “Pubstomp”, these VR ready devices have within them all the latest generation Intel Cores and a slew of components all geared towards the betterment of the gaming experience for its users.

Some of their key innovations include a per-key RGB lighting setup as seen in the to-be-launched GE63/GE73 whose full specs we’ll get to see in a couple of weeks. For now, here’s Kang Dupet with the GE63

MSI further sweetened the deal for joining the Dragon Army at this time, specifically from today – July 22 until September 3 giving all purchasers, of units coming from official distribution channels, a chance to go to the 2017 Tokyo Game Show with free flights and accommodations for two days and an exclusive invite to the MSI booth at the festival slated for Sept 22-24. 2nd and 3rd prizes for this raffle nets the winners laptops namely the GT72 2QE-1048PM Dominator Pro (SRP 195,995) and the GS60 2QE-249PH Ghost Pro (SRP 99,995) with the 4th prize getting a couple of Siberia 650 Headsets (SRP 8,500) and a ton of consolation prizes – medium Dragon Dolls, Neck Pillows and BTS Bundles.

Raffle entries per series are as follows:
GT Model – 5 entries
GS Model – 4 entries
GE Model – 3 entries
GP Model – 2 entries
GL Model – 1 entry
Register into the raffle on this link:

A livestream on September 7 will be held at MSI’s official facebook page where all the lucky winners will be announced. Full PR for this promotion after the jump.

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Asus Zenfone AR Pre-Order Now LIVE

For 10 days starting from today – July 6, the highly anticipated Zenfone AR is already up for pre-order here.

In case you were wondering what the Zenfone AR is, it’s the crème de la crème of Asus Zenfone 3 generation. It sports the following boosted up specifications:

64-bit Qualcomm® Quad-Core Processor Snapdragon™ 821 @2.35GHz, optimized for Tango
Adreno™ 530
23MP Sony IMX318 27mm equiv. 6P OIS+EIS 4K f2.0 (rear) / 8MP OV8856 f2.0 (front)
256GB ROM / 8GB RAM configuration
WQHD 2560×1440 SuperAMOLED Gorilla Glass 4
Hybrid Dual SIM
3300mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0 USB-C
Android 7.0 Nougat with ASUS ZenUI 3.0
Price: Php44,995

It’s local launch was celebrated with Asus Philippines first ever 48hr Hackathon that awarded the best team with a Php 100,000 prize money as well as a 5 day immersion in Asus HQ in Taiwan, more on this after the jump.

So if you’re interested in the world’s forst Daydream and Tango enabled smartphone, here’s your chance to get it ahead of everyone else! You’d get plenty of free items along with it too: a ZenPower Ultra, an exclusive case, its very own tempered glass, and the VR cardboard ^^

PR after the jump

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The Logitech MeetUp – Video Collaborations Made Easy

At a 3 by 6 meter conference room at Net Cube, around 10 people were gathered to see how the new conference camera solution by Logitech, the MeetUp, works. This was done in a multi-country teleconference that totaled to about 50 people all seeing each other, each location utilizing a MeetUp of their own.

In our video collaboration, introductions came by the Singapore stream in which it was said that: The dream in the past was that there should be a VC on every table. Now it is enabling video for all meeting rooms.

Video collaboration is always going to be better than just voice and/or email. Logitech’s solution is inexpensive as opposed to meeting face to face over several countries.
The MeetUp has great value proposition with its cost compared to what it can do. Logitech’s disruption of the VC industry space is because of their price so much so that their biggest competition is actually the travel industry.

The Logitech MeetUp comes with a squarish remote control and its a treat to use with very big buttons, clearly labeled and with very recognizable functions, and you don’t need to point it towards the device to activate it. Something unique about the remote is a couple of buttons for camera state presets, so you could record the orientation and zoom level of the camera.

MeetUps field of view (FOV) is huge, practically 10 inches from the MeetUp and you’ll be fully visible on its lens. In our meeting, everyone in the room could be heard on the conference, and through the magic of the MeetUp’s acoustic echo cancellation (AEC) technology it all happens without feedback at any volume level.

With cloud services, such as Skype, Zoom, Bluejeans, Vidyo, and the like overtaking traditional VC Systems. Companies do not need to buy expensive VC solutions anymore.
MeetUp was developed with key considerations on its affordability, minimal support requirement, low maintenance cost, and ease of use – as plug and play as possible. The huddle room challenges that the MeetUp addresses are narrow FOVs, center of table audio whose mic’s are shrouded by laptops, and traditional VC systems having too many components cluttering up the meeting space.

MeetUp has one of the widest field of views, at 120-degrees, in the market, and it increases to 175-degrees with the device’s mechanical panning. It has 5x HD zoom. As listed earlier, its 3 beamforming microphones has a 2.4m optimal pickup that becomes 4.2m with the optional mic. The MeetUp’s speaker is finely tuned for a small meeting room such as the one we stayed in. The MeetUp has ports at the back for one USB cable (TypeC) and power.

The MeetUp can be mounted on the wall, over the TV through a VESA mount and on the shelf. It’s bluetooth is specifically integrated for audio devices only as video cannot be transferred smoothly over BT at the moment. It will also have a mobile app that enables control for all Logitech conference cams and that comes out late July this 2017.

The MeetUp will cost Php 56,500 with the optional mic for Php 13,500, available from corporate resellers such as WSI and Innovista.

VC Portfolio for Logitech includes the C930 / Brio (Personal) , ConferenceCam Connect (Portable), BCC950 (1-4pax Meeting Rooms), MeetUp, MeetUp Expansion Mic (Huddle Rooms), Group, Group Expansion Mic (Conference Rooms).

Gadgetshelf rating is excellent!

The Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom – Photo Powerhouse

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – this phone packs all the great features that one can find on the third generation of Zenfones bar none… well except maybe for the Snapdragon 800 series but still, the Zenfone 3 Zoom has perfect synergy with its 5000mAh battery, energy efficient Snapdragon 625, and its bevy of three prime lenses providing a flexible range of shooting options for practically any application, all in a very thin but very powerful unibody frame.


When I got my hands on the unit for this review, I decided to use it purely for its intended purpose of photography already being well acquainted with the capability of the Snapdragon within it as it is of similar spec to my own Zenfone 3. This review was made on a Zenfone 3 Zoom unit that remained on the Marshmallow platform, thus your experience may differ should yours be already in Nougat, which truly is quite fast and responsive compared.

Alright, so whats the deal with the dual cameras of the Zenfone 3 Zoom? – To put it bluntly, it offers two different perspectives on a particular scene practically instantly – one 25mm wide angle equivalent and another 59mm portrait oriented 2.3x view compared to the standard. There is also a digital 12x zoom which can be useful in a number of scenarios.

Within the period with which I had the Zenfone 3 Zoom on me, I had been able to bring it to a concert, a resort, to a site for work, and even to a museum for ingress, apart from all the general metropolitan experience.

I had previously compared the first Zoom to an actual camera but this one I’m comparing to its non Zoom counterpart in the Zenfone 3 and based solely on its own merits as a camera system.

Real World Sampling

When I first encountered the Zenfone 3 Zoom, it was an engineering unit and the EXIF was not coming out properly. You’d be glad to know that this is not the case with the retail package.

The primary lens (on the left of image above), a 12MP 25mm equivalent Sony IMX 362 provides the best shooting experience among all of the available modes. Its snappy to fire up, and the optical image stabilization feels just right and responsive without any feeling of aggressiveness. I actually tried to find a way to disable the stabilization but there isnt any… and that’s fine especially when you suddenly shift to the zoom lens, itself being 12MP but with a 59mm equivalent focal length – a Samsung 3M3.

Closer inspection of images from the two lenses reveal a semblance of artifacting with the Samsung sensor as well as a bluish tone while the Sony remains neutral and crisp even in high contrast areas. This comparison made in an overcast environment (relatively low light).

100% crops

Hitting the zoom button cycles three zoom levels, none of which reach the 12x limit – from 1x, 2.3x, and then a middling 5x. Below is an example of all the pertinent zoom levels… this bird was roughly 10 meters away, I measured… twice.

With enough distance (a lot) natural bokeh can be achieved by both rear lenses, you can see it in action with the following shots. Note also that in very bright shooting scenarios, both sensors perform similarly and the user would get more detail up close when using the 2.3x zoom.

100% crops

Along with the convenience of being able to pull it out of one’s pocket for instantaneous imaging, there is that single tap zoom-in taking it a notch higher than what we’re generally used to. And while you might think that you won’t be using this feature that much, you’ll eventually find yourself hitting it just because it is there, ready and available.


The Zenfone 3 Zoom provides the user with a flexibility in shooting otherwise missed with a single lens setup. Coupled with the optical image stabilization it allows for viability when shooting in low light and it is effective whether the front or the rear camera is used especially when the image​ objective is primarily a social media share.

This does not mean that photos captured from the Zenfone 3 Zoom cannot be printed out, on the contrary, setting up a scene in manual mode would provide quality enough even for an A0 print straight out of the camera (proof).

With an incredible design, powerful battery, and a trio of prime cameras with a bevy of shooting modes and zoom states, this Php 23,995 smartphone package is almost impossible to match. Gadgetshelf rating is near excellent.


Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe Launch : Transcendence

The 15th of March saw three groundbreaking Asus Zenbook 3 variants revealed in literal fashion.

Starting out with a stage flanked by lights and culminating in an area with suspended ropes, three acrylic pedestals stood in palpable anticipation.

To the tune of Get This Party Started, a stream of ladies and gentlemen in high fashion worked the runway several completing their look with a Zenbook in hand. These were the work of celebrated designer Mr. Rajo Laurel and they match the style aesthetic with definitive flair.

A few moments pass and a single female form walks through from the backstage. Her presence was met with exaltation having been fully teased prior with photos and even videos leaving very subtle clues as to her identity.

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Isabelle Daza went ahead and brought the most prestigious Zenbook 3, the finest variant, atop the central pedestal, a truly symbolic and monumental occurrence had just transpired – the very essence of transcendence.

Thence the two newest ambassadors of the prodigous Zenbook 3 Deluxe

Three size variants had been presented with the smallest – 13″ coming in with three different storage configurations : all solid state drives!

Here they are in numbers:

The Zenbook 3 Deluxe sports the latest Intel Core i7-7600, 14″ screen in a 13″ frame, FHD, 16GB, 2x Gen2 USB-C with Thunderbolt, 1x Gen1 USB-C, 4 Harman Kardon speakers, and weighs under 1Kg.

ZB3Deluxe 1TB Php 104,995
512GB Php 89,995
256GB Php 81,995

UX530 16GB 512GB GTX950M 15.6″ Php 69,995

UX430 16GB 512GB GTX940M 14″ Php 59,995

Props to @ASUSph and ID8 for a very successful and absolutely stylish launch event!


Logitech Z305 Repair – Hardware Level

At the start of the new year, I had wanted to produce loud sounds coming from the PC using a long sound mix from DJ Shapeshifter. And so I plugged in my Logitech Z305 speakers and raised all the levels… big mistake. That ended up ripping the membrane because of the displacement of the cone and the speakers became unusable because of a constant cracking sound at all practical levels when bass frequencies come into play.

Last night, I used it again and got sick of the sound and so I began to search for possible fixes short of throwing it away. Naturally there should be a need to open it up so that everything is visible and, having tinkered with a few mice from the same company, I began with taking all the screws out – 10 of them.



I also removed the rubber because sometimes they like to hide screws there, no screws, next I attempted to pry it apart from the seam while holding up the clip but it doesnt seem to budge and I figured that the sides miGht be keeping the assembly in place and I finally focused my attention to it.



Turns out, this was the only thing that I needed to take out and I already have access to the speaker units. Finally I was able to really see the problem which was – the ripped membrane. pushing down the cone revealed the damage extent and I marked that with green ink to denote the beginning and end of the rip. It was almost the entire perimeter, horrific ><



Research reveals that patching this up is fairly common practice for repair and one of the possible repair materials was – tissue paper! Its basically creating a patch using tissue and glue, like creating a paper mache. I used an old nail polish brush for an even application and good old Elmer’s white glue, undiluted.


I cut up several strips of tissue (around 3x10mm each) and ran that around in between the cone and the membrane, making sure they cover and overlap with all the areas that had ripped apart. I let it sit overnight so that the glue gets a chance to harden and I tested it this morning. A resounding success, pun intended.

So if you’re up for a bit of tinkering, know that it’s quite easy to do so, granted my solution is less than aesthetic, but this gets covered by the grill anyway. Very happy with my speaker’s revival, and if you’re attempting it, hope the results are as positive as mine went.

On to the next project then ^^

Workstation Feature – Instructor Mode

Student grades have finally been elevated to the CRS (that’s the university’s management system) and whenever there is the need to get a lot of things done, my workstation often transforms into this, with subtle variations each time:


That’s the Asus Zenbook UX31E, the Logitech Alto, a Logitech M280, and an Acer P166HQL

Why the Asus Zenbook UX31E?

This would’ve been the HP Probook had I not gotten the UX31E (else if something more graphic intensive were being created). But the sheer resolution of the Zenbook (1600x900px) is around the sweet spot for viewing expansive spreadsheets without having to scroll about as much compared to when using conventional commercial resolutions.

Why the Logitech Alto?

Readers will probably find this technology “retro” already, but the Alto is so much more than just an external keyboard.

First off, whenever there is a need for numerical entry, there’s just no beating a numpad – hands down, its the fastest entry method available.

Grading requires plenty of numerical input… a whole lot of it, and while it is possible to just plug an external numpad, the feel of a full keyboard that isn’t influenced by heating, like the laptop keyboard is, and one where you’re absolutely certain where the numpad will be at all times gives you further efficiency. The Alto also has a dedicated calculator key, which you really wont find anywhere else these days… I found that I’ve been hitting it a lot during this activity.

The Alto elevates the main screen to eye level, which relieves strain from the user’s neck as opposed to an unmounted tilted laptop screen that makes one bow down a bit to match its angle – this is always important for posture and wellness when not using a standing desk (even when ^^)

Another benefit of the Alto is it acts as a USB hub providing access to three (unpowered) USB slots from the single one that it connects to… that’s plenty especially for ultrabooks.

Seeing as the Alto is the only mechanical keyboard I have – the tactile response feels great as an indication that work is actually being completed XDD

Why the Logitech M280?

The M280 is a no-nonsense wireless mouse that does what it’s intended to do exceptionally well and uses only one battery at that! It is part of the Logitech Unifying system so it plays well with peripherals of its generation. I do have a few technically superior mice around but for “grunt” work – the M280 is a contender.

Why the Acer P166HQL monitor?

There’s really no reason, any monitor would work with this setup, as long as it fits in the table. The advantage of working with a dual monitor system is in the ability to have a reference up at one screen while working on the other – especially useful when cross examining data and evaluation. Of course a bonus would be if the resolution of both the main screen and the extended screen match up against one another that screen elements wont suddenly become larger when they proceed to the other screen.

That’s the lowdown of the system that I’ve been working with for at least two days, nothing too fancy but purposeful and efficient. Maybe at the end of 2017 if this becomes a requirement again, let’s see what updated hardware we can find ^^

The Minimalist Mobile Workstation featuring the Phoenix Wintab 7

When news of the discounted pricing for the WinTab 7 had manifested, my interest was immediately piqued; here was a full Windows tablet, a PC thru and thru, retailing for an equivalent of 54USD. I called up the contact information provided, found a retailer, and after a couple of drive-by’s to no avail because of parking concerns, I finally took one home with me.

In a nutshell, the Wintab 7 is a 16GB ROM, 1GB RAM, 1.3GHz Intel Atom 3735G, 1280x800px Touchscreen PC with a single microUSB port, a microHDMI out, and a microSD card slot that can connect wirelessly thru bluetooth and WiFi running a Windows 10 Home Edition.

Not at all something you’d expect to be able to do anything on leave for basic tasks like word processing and media consumption (limited to FullHD because of the processor generation), where this configuration is thoroughly sufficient.

When we were in Korea, I had brought only the WinTab as a productivity device apart from my phones. I had with me a bluetooth keyboard by way of the Logitech Keys-to-Go and a wireless mouse (non-bluetooth) in the Logitech M280. Here are some advantages to bringing the WinTab:

It is powered / charges with a MicroUSB and that made it flexible enough to be utilized even though all the sockets in Korea were of the round variety. We had resorted to purchasing an extension plug with two USB outputs so that we won’t need to rent/borrow a number of converters, we’re still using it here on a 110V outlet.

– We were able to leave it at the residence connected to the web for continuous download/upload tasks without much fear of overheat (not that we needed to think about that considering how cold it was there)
– It doesn’t require much space to get set-up, especially helpful because the room we got for the first half of the trip didn’t have a work table. It basically accommodates two beds and a console under the wall mounted LCD TV… no closets too. I situated my workstation at the top part of the bed so I could lie down and type haha.

– We were able to connect it to larger screens (LCDTVs) of the residences we stayed at for we had brought with us a microHDMI-HDMI cable. It’s a staple I bring on trips (HDMI cable) for downtime inside of the hotel / AirBnB because navigating through local / cable channels, more often than not, tends to be a lot of wasted time.

Disadvantages exist of course, mainly limitations of the device configuration:

While charging, the USB port cannot be used, so I couldn’t mouse then.
– Because this is primarily a tablet, it required me to bring a stand for when I’m using the keyboard. Also I needed to bring a keyboard so that more elements can be seen whilst compting.

– Slotting in a microSD card is necessary because the Windows system alone eats up all the on-board memory.

– It’s speaker lies on the bottom of the device (when in upright configuration) which puts it at the right side when in landscape and provides only a good output level for consuming content without earphones.

The WinTab 7 had seen much utility during our trip and should be sufficient for most users who don’t really require that much power. Apart from word processing tasks, there’s a lot of merit on this device typology for continuous down/uploads and connecting to screens via its microHDMI out – you’d need to go through the display menus however to set it up properly as it defaults to “mirror” mode which doesn’t use the entire screen. I find using “show on external only” and pushing it up to 1080p works best and you automatically have upgraded audio and video experience – I’d like to note that in this mode, it is an absolute must that you at least have a bluetooth mouse with you to be able to work with the device remotely – the touchscreen is not disabled but references an upright / tablet mode setting which doesn’t map as well with the externally displayed setup.

The WinTab 7 works best as part of a “kit” which really, can be solved by a keyboard case which I’m out of at the moment… will probably hit the local HMR for a possible find. All things considered, I don’t see my Php 2,500 wasted with it.. it is in fact, a very worthwhile investment for a computer that can be charged by power banks ^^

The JBL Reflect Series Has Arrived

In partnership with Power Mac Center, JBL’s newest and trendiest in-ear, sport oriented, earphone series “Reflect” has been made available in the country.


Four variants have been presented – in the forms of
Reflect Mini / Mini BT (Php2,490 / Php4,990)
Reflect Contour (Php4,599)
Reflect Response (Php7,490) I believe this is the one with touch controls over the earphones themselves…
and Reflect Aware with a lightning connector specially designed for the iPhone 7 (Php8,490)


The Reflect Aware is called as such because of Noise Cancelling capabilities and, get this, Adaptive Noise Control from within an app! You can actually change how much you’d want to hear from the outside for each individual earpiece.

There had also been mention of a special Under Armour branded headphones engineered by JBL.


They had shared this to us over a session of spinning at Ride Revolution in Kalayaan, which could probably qualify as one of the most grueling 20 minutes of leg workout I’ve yet to experience, who knew three songs would have that much impact?!?


Ambassadors Sam YG and Sofia Andres were present at the venue and provided us with their own take on the JBL offerings.


Don’t forget to check out Power Mac Center for all the latest accessories and products especially ones aligned towards Apple’s devices.


Head on past the break for more information on these sweet JBL active wearable technologies.

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Asus Zenfone 3 – No Compromises

It’s a holiday today and you’ve probably gotten a hold of your thirteenth month bonus right about now, so that you could use it for Christmas shopping right?!? Before going out and heading to accessory sales, how about considering an Asus Zenfone 3 instead?

My time with the mid-range variant ZE552KL of the Zenfone 3 lineup provided me with only good things to say about this incredible 5.5-inch device. Here’s three simple reasons why this should be your next phone:

01. Look and Feel


Premium isn’t something one so quickly associates with phones around the Php20k margin… but this model from Asus embodies that ideal to its core. Central to this design is the absence of antenna bands which recently have come in the form of lines that run across the top back portion of smartphones. The Zenfone 3 instead put strategic “breaks” in the fluidity of the top and bottom of the steel frame where the signal passes thru; this frees up the rear making the 2.5D Gorilla Glass front and back that much more stunning whichever way one is looking at it.


The overall image of the phone is accentuated by diamond cut bezels where glass meets steel giving it a distinctive flourish that definitely stands out in a crowd – this is part of the design language that Asus uses in this 3rd generation of devices which includes the Zenbook as well as the Transformer series.


Asus’ trademark spun metal finish is carried over into the buttons as well as the back and it plays very nicely whenever light hits the surface giving off even more of the premium vibe that is very welcome in this price category.


The downside to this phone being mostly glass is that it can be slippery and would slide off smooth surfaces with an incline, I wouldn’t initially recommend a case as this would only serve to mar the otherwise very monolithic nature of the device however, Gorilla Glass 2.5D is a bit unlike its non-curved bretheren, it scratches, so best be on the safe side and furnish it with some form of protection. It does have enough heft that lets you know that you’re holding a phone and that you should be careful not to accidentally drop it.


The rear camera juts out from the back slightly which prompts putting the phone face down on surfaces to make it level, this makes some sense as this allows for the user to activate the fingerprint sensor, also at the rear, right below the camera, to unlock the phone while picking it up… it takes a little getting used to but in no time at all, it becomes second nature. This phone does have a blinking LED notification at the front which is very visible against the pure black face which you wouldnt see if you place it face down, best do this when notification sounds are activated.

The Zenfone 3 looks so fine in fact, that one could argue that this looks even better than its Zenfone 3 Deluxe counterpart – now also available in three variants for Php22,995 (S625/4/64/5.5″), Php32,995 (S820/4/64/5.7″), and Php34,995 (S821/6/64/5.7″)

02. Performance

The combination of the processor and graphics chip within the Zenfone 3 allows for some amazing gameplay, and for some users, this would be the deciding factor in making their purchase… so much so that since I’ve gotten the unit I’ve installed and ran Final Fantasy Mobius on it and somehow I’ve gone thru a considerable amount of content already netting a red mage job card from the gatcha and raising it up to level 50. Its a fantastic workhorse that doesn’t feel like its running out of battery even when gaming for hours. This feeling, or lack thereof, means a lot to players.


The battery is in fact so good, that I don’t have any qualms hanging it on to my windshield as navigation for hours on end, sometime even though the battery is already in the red (15%). Apart from the Zenfone Max, that is also from Asus, this is the only other phone of mine which I’d trust to navigate me out of places. The Zenfone 3 latches on to GPS like glue and is the fastest response I’ve felt on a smartphone and this is largely because of the Snapdragon 652 inside of the Zenfone 3.


This device is also #builtforphotography – having full manual controls and an array of shooting modes which natively include Time Lapse, Super Resolution, Low Light Mode, and Time Rewind amongst others. We’ve even gotten it to shoot Astro Photography which is something I haven’t seen other smartphones do; here are some results from that exercise:


OIS and EIS are quite welcome and is always active as long as you’d want it to be and chances are you would. It allows for shooting 4-stops brighter than normally possible with handheld mobile photography and videography. Working in concert with the tri-tech AF system – very quick snaps become possible, even from vehicles in motion. And if you were wondering about the front facing camera, it resolves excellently as well, just look at the photo below:


Swiping about and navigating the gallery is very fluid, zero lags at halfway full memory with seamless playback of up to 4k content shot by the Zenfone 3 itself. Color fringing is well under control and overall sharpness is even across the frame. The addition of the fingerprint reader improves overall efficiency of the device having it from sleep to wake in around 0.2s and possibly firing up the camera app with two consecutive taps and taking the shot with the same. And with the incredible power management along with 64 gigabytes of memory, the user would eventually feel the necessity of capturing the moment much more often than they’re used to… in fact, because of the lightness of the device, shooting possibilities and development of further content are dramatically improved.


Here are some samples of its video prowess in action:

03. Price

At an unbelievable Php18,995, the Zenfone 3 is easily the top pick if you’re looking for the perfect blend of value and performance.


It’s beautiful to look at, unfazed by whatever content you throw at it, be it games or multimedia, and with the future in mind touting a USB-C connection with a charging rate to rival QuickCharge under power from its adapter. Truly, spending a 13th month pay on this device will give you something that would make you think twice (even thrice) about replacing it one to two years down the road.