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Review: Honor 50

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The new Honor 50 is the company’s first major smartphone launch since Honor spun out of its parent company Huawei as a standalone brand. The Honor 50 was launched recently on the regional market and will be very soon available on the local market. Since Honor is now an independent brand, it brings along all the goodness of Google Mobile Services.

While the company was working on the Honor 50, it also conducted a market study of its own. In the study, it asked vloggers, what their key pain points were. There were four major pain points – video stabilisation, choosing various angles to shoot, complicated editing process post-shoot, and noisy recorded voice. So when Honor set out to build the Honor 50, it wanted to address those issues.

And looks like it has been able to with the Honor 50. We have been testing out Honor 50 for over a week now and in this review, we will tell you why the Honor 50 is the best vlogging phone on the market right now.

DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Honor 50 comes in a stunning design. It exhibits a classic modern design with familiar touches such as the curved display, slim bezels, and a reflective rear. On the front, you will find the 6.57-inch 75° curved OLED display, which connects to the middle frame and back panel, with 2.5D polishing glass edges on both the upper and lower sides of the display.

This makes the Honor 50 feel premium and even though the company has used premium material to build the Honor 50, it is quite lightweight at 175-gms and slim at 7.8mm. So, the phone feels far less bulky than many of its rivals.

The display offers an FHD+ resolution of 2340-by-1080 pixels and supports 1.07 billion colours and a 100% DCI-P3 colour gamut. You also get support for up to 120Hz refresh rate and support for low blue light, thanks to the TÜV Rheinland Certification.

In terms of colours, you can choose from Frost Crystal, Emerald Green, Midnight Black, and the brand new HONOR Code. Just above the display is the 32MP 90° Front Camera. On the top edge, you will find two noise-cancelling microphones, while on the bottom edge, you will find the dual SIM tray, a noise-cancelling microphone, the USB-C charging port, and the speaker grille.

On the right edge, you get the volume rockers and the power button, while the left edge is flush of anything. Turn the phone around and we come face to face with the most important feature of the Honor 50 – its quad-camera module.

CAMERAS
The camera module sports a dual-ring design, which the company says is inspired by twin-lens reflex cameras. The Honor 50 features a 108MP main camera with a 1/1.52-inch large sensor, ensuring ultra-high-resolution shots of 12032-by-9024 pixels. Its f/1.9 wide aperture allows more light through the lens, enabling greater clarity even in dimly-lit environments. The main camera also supports 10x digital zoom for photos and 6x zoom for videos.

You also get an 8MP wide-angle camera with a 112º angle of view and f/2.2 aperture. The lens is supported by specialised correction technology, thereby minimising perspective distortion to perfectly showcase scenery in full. There’s also a 2MP bokeh camera that brings a pleasing out-of-focus blur to the photo. And finally, you also get a 2MP macro camera to take close-up shots.

In addition to these rear cameras, the Honor 50 also features a 32MP front camera that enables users to take perfect selfies and videos. The front camera also comes with a 90ºviewing angle, allowing more people and scenery to be captured in pictures. Thanks to its AI processing capabilities, it also produces high-quality selfie photos at night.

VLOGGING FEATURES
The HONOR 50 comes packed with six multi-video shooting modes, with combinations that use the front and rear cameras at the same time. In just one take, you can choose from six modes to make the vlogging experience fun, exciting and engaging.

The “Front to Rear Recording” mode, allows you to switch between the front and rear camera while shooting video content. This means, you don’t need to stop recording while switching between the front and rear cameras, which is a brilliant addition for content creators.

The “Dual-View Recording (Front/Rear)” mode, allows you to simultaneously shoot with both the front camera and the rear main camera. The dual view shows what is captured by both cameras side by side. Then, there’s the “Dual-View Recording (Rear/Rear)” mode, which lets you shoot with both the rear main camera and the wide-angle camera at the same time. The main camera also supports 6x zoom while video shooting. The dual view shows what is captured by both cameras side by side.

You also get the “Picture in Picture” mode, which lets you overlay the view of the front camera onto the bigger view of the rear camera or vice versa. It is particularly useful if you want the audience to focus on the content but still let them see the person recording. The “Fast-Motion Recording and Slow Motion Recording” mode allows you to capture the object or themselves with slow or fast motion effects, creating a cool and unique layer to video content. And finally, the “Single to Dual-View Recording” mode allows you to change from shooting in a single camera to dual cameras at any time while recording.

The vlogging features of the Honor 50 don’t stop there! On top of the six multi-video shooting modes, you also get a “Story” mode, which includes nine sets of different video story templates that help you create cool videos based on different shooting scenarios. The HONOR 50 also allows you to use beauty mode while using the front camera, wide-angle shots while shooting a video, and capture photographs from the video content, fulfilling the different needs of content creators and vloggers.

One of the features that any vlogger would like, is to be able to use a pair of TWS earbuds for recording content directly onto their smartphones while vlogging. While using such a setup on most phones out there on the market has been a hit and a miss, Honor seems to have sorted those issues with the Honor 50.

The device now supports long-distance True Wireless Stereo Recording so you can use the microphone in your Bluetooth earbuds and create videos without headphone cables in the way. This feature is compatible with TWS earbuds from major brands, including the company’s very own Honor Earbuds 2 Lite. We did test this feature out with a pair od TWS earbuds and the feature worked really well.

PERFORMANCE
The unit we tested, came with 8GB of RAM and 256GB of storage space. In the benchmarks we ran, the Honor 50 performed really well. In fact, it posted similar scores to some flagship Snapdragon 888-powered devices. Even while gaming, the Honor 50 performed well. In terms of connectivity, the Honor 50 has you covered, as it supports 5G, in addition to packing in NFC, Bluetooth 5.2, and Wi-Fi 6.

When it comes to the camera performance, the Honor 50 does not disappoint. The main camera and selfie shooter, the both, offered versatile images and videos. Since the 108MP main lens packs in a large sensor, it helps the lens capture more light for better results in almost all lighting conditions, even in dimly lit or darker environments. All of the footage had crisp detail, with punchy and vibrant colours.

Another area where the Honor 50 shines is its video capabilities. Honor has put in lots of efforts to offer a multitude of features aimed at content creators and vloggers and quality shows. Whether it was recording using split-screen, picture-in-picture, or a combination of front and rear lenses, the quality was consistent.

VERDICT
Coming in at a price point of AED 1999, the Honor 50 is truly the best vlogging phone out there on the market, since it offers an elegant design and build quality, excellent hardware and software experience, and a boatload of vlogging features. The Honor 50 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: AED 1999

Honor 50 AED 1999
  • Final Rating
4

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When it comes to the camera performance, the Honor 50 does not disappoint. The main camera and selfie shooter, the both, offered versatile images and videos. Since the 108MP main lens packs in a large sensor, it helps the lens capture more light for better results in almost all lighting conditions, even in dimly lit or darker environments. All of the footage had crisp detail, with punchy and vibrant colours.

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Review: Logitech MX Keys Mini

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If you are a content creator, you know how important the right keyboard and mouse are. It can either make or break your entire workflow. Logitech is a brand that understands all of that and it kept that thought in mind when it set out to create a perfect keyboard for content creators.

Say “Hello!” to the Logitech MX Keys Mini. It’s the best wireless keyboard I have used in recent years. Featuring a minimalist design, the MX Keys Mini offers the best features of the standard-sized MX Keys, minus the Num pad. While the MX Keys Mini costs the same as the full-sized MX Keys keyboard, at $99.99, it also brings in lots of bells and whistles to make that investment worthwhile.

For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

In addition, there are a bunch of media control buttons such as play/pause, volume up and down, and mute. One of the features I really loved on this keyboard is its proximity sensors. These detect your hands and then illuminate the keyboard the moment your fingers approach the keys.

The backlit keys also automatically adjust to lighting conditions and turn off when you step away. Since the MX Keys Mini runs on built-in rechargeable batteries, this feature can increase the battery life of the keyboard. Charging the keyboard isn’t an issue – it uses a Type-C port to get charged.

According to Logitech, the MX Keys Mini stays powered up to 10 days on a full charge, or up to 5 months with the backlighting turned off. For this review, we used the MX Keys Mini for over two weeks and we still didn’t need a recharge. The keyboard also easily pairs wirelessly to up to three devices at a time via Bluetooth Low Energy.

The keyboard can also connect to PCs and Macs through the Logi Bolt USB receiver. This receiver, however, is not bundled with the keyboard and is to be purchased separately for a price of $14.99. The receiver can connect to up to 6 devices and offers a wireless range of 33 feet (10 meters).

Using the keyboard felt so good. The Perfect Stroke keys are very fluid and accurate and are very easy to hit. The overall build quality is very good, too. Logitech has used premium materials to build the keyboard and it shows. Even though the keyboard is small, it does have a heft to it and that itself is reassuring. The backlighting is also bright and the overall layout is very familiar.

For a price of $99.99, the Logitech MX Keys Mini isn’t a cheap keyboard. It also isn’t a keyboard for everyone. However, if you appreciate extra features on a keyboard that gell well with your overall workflow, you will like the MX Keys Mini. The Logitech MX Keys Mini thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award.

Price: $99.99

Logitech MX Keys Mini $99.99
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

For starters, the MX Keys Mini includes a dedicated emoji key that offers relief to all the social media enthusiasts out there on the market. The emoji key also offers access to GIFs (powered by Tenor), Kaomojis, symbols, and the clipboard history. You also get a voice dictation key and a mic mute key that mutes on a system level.

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Review: ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17

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The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 is one of the most powerful gaming laptops we have tested to date. It comes with powerhouse specifications, outstanding performance, and boatloads of features. We spent a couple of days with the laptop and we came away impressed and in this review, we will deep-dive into what it can really do!

DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The ROG Zephyrus S17 comes packed in a magnesium-alluminium body with diamond-cut edges. On the lid, you will find the Dot Insight pattern that has been laser-etched to give it an “oomph” factor. The overall build quality feels sturdy and top-notch, something we have come to expect from a brand such as ASUS ROG.

The design itself has been refined altogether – in the 2020 model, we saw the company push the keyboard towards the bottom, with the touchpad set on the side. This time around, the company has brought back the keyboard to its original place towards the top and the touchpad right below it. The keyboard also raises a bit when you open the lid of the laptop.

The laptop weighs around 2.8-kgs and with the power brick and the charging cable, it weighs around 3.8-kgs. The laptop offers a 17-inch WQHD display that comes with a refresh rate of 165Hz and a response time of 3ms. You also get support for NVidia G-SYNC and Advanced Optimus for enhanced performance. In addition, the screen offers an 88% screen-to-body ratio.

The display also features a cinema-grade 100% DCI-P3 color gamut and is also Pantone Validated for accuracy, which is ideal for lifelike in-game visuals and optimum content creation. There is also Dolby Vision support that boosts contrast, further enhancing the viewing experience.

HARDWARE
Under the hood, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 rocks an Intel 11th Gen Core i9-11900H processor, coupled with 32GB of GDDR memory. Graphics is handled by NVidia GeForce RTX 3080. You also get three M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4x4 Slots and the laptop itself comes with a 2TB SSD installed for all your data storage requirements.

The battery is rated at 90Whr and you get an HD web camera, as well. There are a total of six speakers on this laptop that support the Smart AMP technology, and a triArray Microphone. In terms of connectivity, you get one Type-C with Thunderbolt 4 (DisplayPort 1.4/PD 3.0), one Type-C USB3.2 (Gen2/DisplayPort 1.4/PD 3.0), three Type-A USB3.2 Gen2, one HDMI 2.0b, one 3.5mm headphone and microphone combo jack, one full size SD card reader, and one LAN RJ-45 jack.

KEYBOARD AND COOLING
The keyboard of the Zephyrus S17 raises up by 5-degrees when you open up the lid. This gives the laptop the ability to pull in air to cool the internals and also offers an optimised wrist and hand positioning for a comfortable typing and gaming experience. The keyboard also has RGB backlighting – so you can go crazy with customisation using ASUS’ Armoury Crate.

The power button also doubles up as a fingerprint scanner, which was quite quick and efficient at unlocking the device. On the top left corner of the keyboard, you will find the volume adjust multi-wheel, which is quite intuitive to use. On both the right and left edges of the laptop, you will find air vents to efficiently cool down the device.

ASUS ROG also uses liquid metal compounds from Thermal Grizzly to reduce the CPU temperatures by 10°C on average and by up to 16°C in some scenarios compared to the standard thermal paste. Heat is also dissipated through four exhausts, each of which is lined with ultrathin copper fins as slim as 0.1mm.

According to ASUS ROG, these fins are half the size of typical solutions, allowing for higher density to increase surface area for heat dissipation and lower air resistance to allow for smoother flow, and hence lower fan speeds and less noise. There are up to 250 heatsink fins totaling 133,537mm² of surface area.

PERFORMANCE
To gauge the performance of the S17, we ran a bunch of benchmarks onto it, the first one being Shadow of the Tomb Raider. At its highest settings, using DX 12 and at a resolution of 1920-by-1080 pixels, we were able to clock an average fps of 114 on Manual, 112 on Turbo, 110 on Performance, and 57 on Silent modes.

In CineBench R23, we were able to clock 1584 points in single-core and 13680 on multi-core under the Manual mode. Gaming performance on the Zephyrus S17 was also on point, whether it was Battlefield V, Shadow of the Tomb Raider, Far Cry 5, or Watch Dogs.

VERDICT
By putting the great specs, the excellent feature sets, and the outstanding performance, all together, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 sounds like an impressive gaming laptop. The ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 thus walks away with the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award!

Price: AED 15999 onwards

ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 AED 15999 onwards
  • Final Rating
4

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Under the hood, the ASUS ROG Zephyrus S17 rocks an Intel 11th Gen Core i9-11900H processor, coupled with 32GB of GDDR memory. Graphics is handled by NVidia GeForce RTX 3080. You also get three M.2 NVMe PCIe Gen4x4 Slots and the laptop itself comes with a 2TB SSD installed for all your data storage requirements.

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Video: Sony BRAVIA XR A80J Smart TV Review

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Sony’s new BRAVIA XR A80J Smart TV is the company’s first OLED TV that uses the Sony XR cognitive processor to deliver life-like images, video, and audio. Check out this video review, in which we detail all the major features, the A80J offers, and why it wins the Gadget Voize Editors’ Choice award:

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