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Video: HUAWEI Mate50 Pro – Google Apps Are Back!

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HUAWEI’s new Mate50 Pro is heralding a new era for smartphones. And you can now install Google Apps on the HUAWEI Mate50 Pro:

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Review: Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W)

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Anker’s new Nano II 100W charger uses the company’s very own GaN (Gallium Nitride) II technology. The charger is also being touted to be 34% (!!) smaller than Apple’s 96-watt charger while offering the convenience of three USB ports to charge multiple devices simultaneously.

On the rear, the charger features two USB-C ports and one USB-A port and is capable of intelligently distributing power among the ports based on usage. This is done by using Anker’s PowerIQ 3.0 technology, which is the company’s proprietary fast-charging technology that intelligently identifies your device to deliver the fastest possible charge.

When either of the USB-C ports is used alone, it can deliver a full 100 watts of power, making it capable of charging most notebooks out there on the market that use the USB-C port for power delivery and charging.

The Anker 736 charger has a three-port setup, providing a variety of charging options depending on which ports are used. When both USB-C ports are used together, the top port will deliver 60 watts and the bottom port will deliver 40 watts.

By using the top USB-C port in combination with the USB-A port, the charger will deliver 80 watts and 18 watts, respectively. Similarly, when the bottom USB-C port and USB-A port are used together, the charger will provide a 60-watt and 22.5-watt split. When all three ports are used at the same time, the top USB-C port will deliver 45 watts, the bottom USB-C port will deliver 30 watts, and the USB-A port will deliver 18 watts.

For this review, we used the top port for charging a Huawei Matebook 14 and the bottom port to charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 20 simultaneously. In about an hour’s time, the Huawei Matebook 14 went from 33% to 100%, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 20 was able to go from 10% to full charge.

The Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) is priced at AED 299. That price point is great for a device that offers three ports that can charge three devices at the same time, 100W charging for laptops, and a few bells and whistles. The Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) thus comes across as highly recommended.

Price: AED 299
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Anker 736 Charger (Nano II 100W) AED 299
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Anker 736 charger has a two-port setup, providing a variety of charging options depending on which ports are used. When both USB-C ports are used together, the top port will deliver 60 watts and the bottom port will deliver 40 watts.

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Road Test: Ford Taurus (2023)

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The Ford Taurus was discontinued in the U.S. a couple of years ago. However, the nameplate has been revived for a new model in the Middle East. The Taurus is only available in select countries in the GCC.

It comes packed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder “Ecoboost” engine married to an 8-speed automatic transmission. It offers 232 horsepower and a torque of 360 Nm.

Standard features on the Taurus Ambiente include power steering, power windows, LED auto headlamps, auto start-stop, cruise control, a sunroof, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth, dual-zone automatic AC, parking sensors, and 18-inch alloy wheels.

The Taurus Trend meanwhile includes additional features such as a rearview camera and dual-panel sunroof. The Taurus Titanium, which is reviewed here, includes leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, front LED fog lamps, ambient lighting, wireless charging, and adaptive cruise control.

The Taurus Titanium Plus includes additional features such as a power rear seat recliner, rear seat climate control, and an automated parking system.

Safety features on the Ambiente include front and side airbags, knee airbags, tire pressure monitor, ABS, and traction control. The higher Titanium models include lane departure warning, lane discipline aid, blind spot monitoring, and collision mitigation.

On the front, the Taurus features a pair of striking LED daytime running lights located above the main headlamps and a prominent black grille. The rear of the vehicle features LED taillights, an LED light bar, a large “Taurus” badge on the trunk lid, and silver accents on the rear bumper.

The interior of the 2023 Taurus boasts a comfortable cabin with features such as an 8-inch digital instrument cluster, a 13.2-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad, a three-spoke steering wheel, and a two-tone dashboard. The interior is quite pretty and modern and goes very well with the striking exterior.

The Ford Taurus provides a comfortable driving experience, even on rough roads, with less road noise compared to some more expensive alternatives in the market. It handles well for its size, feeling agile and providing a good grip.

If you are in the market for a full-sized sedan that looks and feels premium, you should definitely consider the 2023 Ford Taurus.

Price: AED 144795 onwards

Ford Taurus (2023) AED 144795 onwards
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The Taurus Titanium, which is reviewed here, includes leather seats, 19-inch alloy wheels, front LED fog lamps, ambient lighting, wireless charging, and adaptive cruise control.

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Review: ASUS ProArt Display PA147CDV

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Asus’ new portable monitor, the ProArt PA147CDV, is a 14-inch display that comes with a very unique aspect ratio of 32:9. The ProArt PA147CDV is aimed at content creators, as it features Wacom EMR and Microsoft Pen Protocol 2.0 support for digital inking. This is a great option for sketching, drawing, or writing while on the go.

In addition, the monitor comes with the Asus Dial, which allows creators to access tools and adjustments in software such as Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, After Effects, Premiere Pro, and Lightroom Classic. ASUS has also created the ASUS ProArt Creator Hub to provide productivity features for those Adobe apps.

The software, however, is only available for Windows OS. The ProArt PA147CDV is designed to meet the needs of content creators with features such as colour accuracy.

The monitor is Calman Verified for colour accuracy and is factory pre-calibrated. It also supports 10-bit colour, covers 100% of the sRGB and Rec. 709 colour spaces, and has a built-in kickstand for use in portrait or landscape orientation.

The display features an IPS LCD panel which has a matte finish. It offers a brightness of 400 nits, a contrast ratio of 1200:1, a refresh rate of 60 Hz, a response time of 5ms (GtG), and a 10-point touch.

The overall build quality is quite solid and it weighs 950 grams. The display offers a couple of ports next to the power switch, which includes a full-sized HDMI port, and two interchangeable USB-C ports for power and video.

The OSD menu button and a dial meanwhile, are located on the left edge of the device. The dial can be used to adjust OSD settings or the ASUS Dial controls. In order to access the Adobe control panels, you will first need to install the ASUS ProArt Creator Hub from the Microsoft App Store, and the ASUS Control Panel Toolkit from the ASUS website.

The ASUS ProArt Creator Hub allows you to customise the ASUS Dial and Adobe control panels. The user interface of the Adobe control panels includes dials, sliders, scroll wheels, and buttons, which can be customised to a certain extent. ASUS Dial is another productivity software, which for now, works only with five Adobe apps.

When you press the physical dial, the digital dial will appear on the screen and you can use the physical dial to navigate through your shortcut options. You can create eight different shortcuts, which can include groups of shortcuts such as various brush controls.

Unlike the Control Panel, you can create shortcuts for non-Adobe apps and keyboard shortcuts. The display can also be used for writing and drawing. The supported pen is ASUS Pen 2 (SA203H) which is not included in the box. The pen supports MPP 2, 4096 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt, and palm rejection.

The ASUS ProArt Display PA147CDV is priced at $599. The PA147CDV is a great-looking display, which offers solid build quality. It also offers 100% sRGB colour support, 400 nits of brightness, Adobe control panels, and the physical ASUS Dial, which is designed to improve productivity.

Price: $599

ASUS ProArt Display PA147CDV $599
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

The overall build quality is quite solid and it weighs 950 grams. The display offers a couple of ports next to the power switch, which includes a full-sized HDMI port, and two interchangeable USB-C ports for power and video.

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