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Review: Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus

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The new Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Galaxy S series of smartphones and comes packed with a few new features. The phone features a punch-hole display, a triple camera setup at the back, a dual front camera setup, reverse wireless charging, an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor, and lots more.

Design
Unlike other flagships on the market, Samsung has settled for a punch-hole cutout on the top right hand corner of the display that houses the dual front cameras. In terms of design and build quality, you get what you have always expected from Samsung – top notch quality.

On the right edge of the device, you get the power button, while on the left edge you get the volume buttons and the a dedicated key for Samsung’s Bixby smart assistant. On the bottom you also get a 3.5mm audio jack (much needed) alongside the USB-C port for charging and data syncing requirements. 

Display
The Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus also features thin bezels and the front display is as gorgeous as it can get. The S10 Plus rocks a 6.4-inch Super AMOLED edge-to-edge screen and Samsung’s next-gen Infinity-O display. The display also offers a 1440-by-3040 QHD+ resolution, an aspect ratio of 19:9, and a pixel density of 526ppi.

HDR10+ support is also thrown in for superior contrast and colour. You also get a 4,100mAh battery and Samsung’s new Wireless PowerShare feature that lets you wirelessly charge other compatible devices. There are a couple of S10 Plus variants available on the market. 

Specs
The variant we received is called the “Ultimate Performance Edition”. This one comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 processor, 12GB of RAM and 1TB of internal storage. While the front and back of the S10 Plus’ standard variants are covered in Gorilla Glass 6, the front and back of the S10 Plus’ 512GB and 1TB variants are coated with ceramic. The S10 Plus is IP68-rated for water-resistance and boasts Qi wireless charging.

Security
In terms of security features, the Galaxy S10 Plus comes with Samsung’s very own Knox platform that encrypts data to keep it safe from prying eyes. In addition, you get an ultrasonic fingerprint sensor under the display for added security. Unlocking the device using the fingerprint sensor though, is a bit slower than what we have experienced in other flagships on the market.  

Camera

Coming back to one of the smartphone’s standout features – the cameras. The S10 Plus comes with a triple-lens rear camera module that includes a 12MP regular lens, a 12MP optically zoomed telephoto lens, and new 16MP ultra-wide lens. Samsung’s ultra-wide lens has a 123-degree field of view – so shooting some amazing looking pictures is effortless.

The camera app also includes a Scene Optimizer with 10 new subjects. Here, the AI is able to tell the difference between a various subjects in order to optimize the image settings. There is another feature called Shot Suggestions which offers tips in real-time for framing subjects and leveling shots for good pictures.

Software
All new devices under the Galaxy S series, now ship with Android 9 Pie and the recently unveiled One UI from Samsung. Samsung’s One UI is the company’s reinvention of its software, making it more lighter and intuitive to use than most flagships on the market with heavy skins on top of Android. The whole system is meant to learn your behaviour and therefore allow you to open those frequently used apps quicker. 

Performance
In order to gauge the real world performance of the Samsung Galaxy S10 Plus, we ran the AnTuTu benchmark on the device. While the benchmark was running we noticed that the device got a bit heated up. We never experience this in other flagships we have tested recently. 

AnTuTu benchmark score was clocked at 330418 points, which is quite good. However in the overall rankings it secured a lower rank when compared to other flagships out there on the market. But then, we did not find any lag in performance when it came to multi-tasking between multiple open app windows. Gaming performance was also fluid. We did not experience any performance issues and everything ran butter smooth.

One of the major strengths of the S10 Plus is its cameras. As mentioned earlier, the device comes with a triple camera module at the rear. This includes an optically stabilised 12-megapixel main sensor, with an aperture that can shift between f/1.5 for night shots and f/2.4 for the day. You also get an ultra-wide 16-megapixel f/2.2 sensor, too, and a stabilised 12-megapixel tele sensor for zooming. 

In addition, there’s an ultra-wide sensor which allows you to zoom out from within the camera app to enter a wide view and you end up with a sort of fisheye effect on the results. Photos look brilliant irrespective of whether you used the 12-megapixel main camera, the ultra wide or the tele camera for the shots. Low-light photos are good, too, even shots taken in the night.

On the front of the S10 Plus is the main 10-megapixel selfie camera. This one is paired with an 8-megapixel unit for adding depth data to portrait shots. This secondary sensor can also give your selfies a wider feel. We ended up with some amazing selfies, which offered up plenty of details, without those overly done “beautification” effects. 

Battery performance is good, too. We got a little more than a day’s worth of batter life on a single charge. The phone also supports Qualcomm Quick Charge 2 in addition to offering wireless charging capabilities. With Samsung’s PowerShare feature, you can also use the device as a wireless charging pad to charge up wireless accessories. 

Verdict
Samsung has once again launched a device that packs in all the essential and latest features in one package. It looks stunning, comes with a gorgeous display, generous storage and RAM and lots more. The price point is something which may act as a deterrence since there are equally good flagships available on the market at a much lesser cost. However, if you are one of those who would futuristic features on a quality device, then by any means, go for it. 

Price: AED 5799 (12GB+1TB)

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Review: Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse

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As part of its Champion Series, Corsair announced its latest Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse on the market today. The company sent the new mouse to us in advance for a review. And after using the mouse for a couple of days, we are glad to report that it exceeded our expectations.

The new mouse joins the league of the Sabre RGB Pro, which was launched earlier in 2021. The new Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is very lightweight and packs in an ergonomic design, that offers a competitive advantage to gamers. The mouse itself offers wired and wireless connectivity to laptops and PCS.

In terms of wireless, you get two options – either through Bluetooth or through Slipstream Wireless. The advantage of using Slipstream Wireless is that the technology transmits inputs at sub-1ms speeds, delivering mouse movements and clicks up to two times faster than a conventional gaming mouse, while also ensuring exceptional wireless signal quality throughout your gameplay.

You also get up to 90 hours of battery life that lets you play wire-free for days between charges. In terms of design, the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless features a similar design seen on the wired version. The Wireless variant though has a bit of heft to it when compared with the wired variant.

You get standard left and right-click buttons, with a slight groove in them for comfortably holding two fingers. You also get a bit of texture to the material on both the left and right-click that keeps your fingers from slipping. Forward and back buttons flank the left side of the mouse, and there is a DPI quick-select button just below the scroll wheel.

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

The mouse weighs just 79-gms – so rapid movements and lightning-quick reflexes are not a problem. The mouse also comes packed with professional-grade gaming mouse elements, such as the first-ever Corsair Marksman optical sensor. The mouse also comes with the highest dpi in any Corsair mouse to date at 26,000-dpi. This makes sure you get very precise movement.

The mouse is also compatible for use with Corsair’s very own iCUE software. With this app, you can customise dynamic RGB backlighting, remap buttons, create macros, and adjust DPI settings. All of these can be stored onto three onboard profiles. On the bottom of the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless, you will find a switch to move between Slipstream (RF), charging/wired, or Bluetooth modes and a button above that to initiate pairing for the latter.

Both types of wireless connections worked without issue during our review. However, while gaming, it’s better to use the dongle and Slipstream, as it delivers lower latency at sub-1ms. The mouse was comfortable overall to hold and use.

During our review, we put the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless to test with a couple of games including Watch Dogs Legion, GTA V, and Doom Eternal. The mouse was very comfortable, quick to respond, and reliable. The buttons were very comfortable as well to use and the sensor on the mouse was very responsive.

The Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse comes with an impressive sensor, a very aesthetic and comfortable design, Slipstream Wireless technology, good overall performance, and a 26,000-DPI.

The pricing of AED 429, is a bit steep. However, if you are looking at top-notch performance, with very good connectivity options, the Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse comes across as highly recommended. It thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 429

Corsair Sabre RGB Pro Wireless Mouse
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  • Final Rating

4









Summary

Inside the box, you get the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless mouse, along with the Slipstream Wireless receiver, a USB Type-C charging cable, the quick start guide, the warranty info, and the safety instructions. Getting started with the Sabre RGB Pro Wireless is effortless. Connect the Slipstream Wireless connector to your PC or laptop and switch on the mouse in Slipstream mode, and you are good to go.

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Review: EZVIZ C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera

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Ever since people started working from home, there has been an increased demand for home security solutions such as security cameras. There are many options available on the market, with EZVIZ being one of the brands offering such solutions. The company recently launched its C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera on the market.

The C8C is is an outdoor security camera that captures 1080p HD footage and comes packed with pan and tilt features for 360-degree coverage. In addition, it also offers strobe light, motion and person detection, and colour night vision.

It is also IP65-rated for dust and water protection and it supports microSD card storage up to 256GB. Inside the box, you get the C8C camera along with a bunch of accessories, including the quick start guide with the QR code to link up the camera in the app, a drill template, rawl plugs, and screws to mount the camera, and the power adapter.

Installing and activating the camera is very simple and you wouldn’t require a technician to do it for you. you can either install the camera vertically on a wall or horizontally on the ceiling. Once the camera is installed, you can set it up by connecting it to your network via Ethernet, or you can use the EZVIZ app to set it up via Wi-Fi.

Since the camera does not come with a battery built-in, you would need it to be permanently connected to a power outlet. Through the EZVIZ app, you can either view live footage or recorded videos. You can even click a photo or being recording while viewing the live footage, which is great.

You can even program it to start recording based either on human detection or on any type of movement. The camera comes with six levels of motion sensitivity and you can adjust that through the app. In terms of night vision, you get two modes – the standard infrared (black and white) version and a colour version which is illuminated by a spotlight.

There is also a “smart” mode that chooses infrared as the default setting but will switch automatically to the spotlight mode if a motion is detected. During our testing, both the modes worked really well and we found the app to be very intuitive.

There is also an “Active Defense” mode which uses the spotlight to deter intruders on your property, by blinking the spotlight continuously. What’s missing though, is a two-way audio feature that could be used to speak to people outside your door and listen to them, too.

In order to store the recorded footage, you can either use a microSD card or the EZVIZ cloud storage, which is available on a subscription basis. For recording videos, you have three options, which include full HD recording at a resolution of 1920-by-1080p at 30 frames per second. You also get digital zoom capabilities on the device.

For a price of AED 285, the EZVIZ C8C Outdoor Smart IP Security Camera does a brilliant job of protecting your property from intruders, while you are at home or away. The EZVIZ C8C is an easy-to-install security camera with features such as pan, tilt, digital zoom, LED strobe light, night vision, and lots more, that will allow you to monitor a wide area, with ease.

Price: AED 285

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  • Final Rating

3.5









Summary

The C8C is is an outdoor security camera that captures 1080p HD footage and comes packed with pan and tilt features for a 360-degree coverage. In addition, it also offers strobe light, motion and person detection, and colour night vision.

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Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition

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We reviewed the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 (GA401Q) way back in June 2021. This is a 14-inch laptop that offers portability without sacrificing overall performance. Riding on the success of the G14, ASUS went ahead and collaborated with DJ Alan Walker, to launch the new ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition.

So what’s so special about the G14 Alan Walker Edition?

Well, for starters, it comes with blue colour accents, and subtle shades of grey to give the G14 Alan Walker Edition an electro/cyberpunk look. ASUS also created four brand new animations for the 1,215 mini-LED AniMe Matrix on the lid of the laptop, in Spectre Blue colour.

The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The bootup animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

Even the packaging of the G14 Alan Walker Edition is unique. It is made of acrylic, coated with special conductive ink, and it comes with an exclusive feature built-in: the ROG REMIX, which is a hands-on DJ experience. It comes alive as soon as it is connected to the laptop via the USB-C port, using the bundled cable.

Using the ROG Remix software, you can touch the conductive areas of the laptop box, to trigger up to 18 different effects and short animated clips created by Alan Walker. The G14 Alan Walker Edition is also bundled with a custom ROG Alan Walker laptop sleeve, baseball cap, and socks, created by the ROG Slash design team and Alan Walker.

Under the hood, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is powered by an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HS processor, running at a clock speed of 3.30GHz. For graphics, you get Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050Ti. It also comes with 16GB of DDR4 3200MHZ memory and 1TB of SSD storage.

Ports on the laptop include one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, one DisplayPort 1.4, one USB3.2 Gen2 Type-C, two USB3.2 Gen1 Type-A, one HDMI 2.0b, one audio combo jack, and one Kensington Lock. You also get two 2.5W speakers with Smart AMP technology and two 0.7W tweeters.

In terms of performance, the G14 Alan Walker Edition is a powerhouse, considering the specs it accompanies. ASUS Remix is a welcome addition, something EDM aficionados will appreciate. Gaming sessions worked out really well, too. We did not find any lags or stutters while gaming. Even tasks such as video rendering were a walk in the park as the Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition was able to handle everything we threw at it with aplomb.

The touchpad and the keyboard were both great. The Trackpad is a good size and very easy to press. The keys are clicky with decent travel, without being loud enough to annoy those seated around you.

At the end of the day, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition can handle all the multitasking you need it to, and in style! It comes with a great keyboard, touchpad, battery life, and overall performance, and the signature Alan Walker touches throughout.

Price: AED 8499

ASUS ROG Zephyrus G14 Alan Walker Edition
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  • Final Rating

4









Summary

The 2021 G14 Alan Walker Edition has a new nameplate, two fabric belts, one of which reflects light in the dark and a very stylish keycap design with 3 colours. The boot up animation shows the Alan Walker logo with a customised sound effect, created by the artist himself.

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