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The best gadgets for a more #LifePowered lockdown

We’re already halfway through 2020, and most if not all of us are still stuck at home. To be clear, it isn’t just the feeling of isolation, monotony, and sheer that makes living in the new normal difficult, but also adapting to challenging new ways of working while offices remain closed.

And while it’s important to keep being productive and stay positive, it’s hard to ignore the heavy toll that the longest lockdown is taking on Filipinos’ personal and professional lives. So, to help those of you working from home cope with your many daily challenges, we’ve listed down some of our favorite new gadgets for boosting both morale and productivity.

Transform your corner of the house, apartment, or dorm into an all-around workstation and self-care space with the following #TechAssured recommendations.

Roomba 675

The budget-friendly cleaning robot has enough power and all the necessary features to make it nearly identical to the more-expensive Roomba 690 – except for its lacking a virtual wall.

But in terms of cleaning performance, run time, and WiFi connectivity for control via smartphone, tablet, or even the aforementioned Amazon Alexa, it yields much the same results.

Overall, it could be considered one of the best robot vacuums on the market in terms of value for money.

Apple Watch Series 5

Pending the arrival of the Apple Watch 6, the Series 5 remains the latest and greatest in terms of its design and always-on display.

Despite having a 30% larger screen, louder speaker, ceramic backplate to boost reception, and digital crown with haptic feedback, the Apple Watch 5 is somehow thinner than previous iterations.

On the inside, it has a 2x faster S4 64-bit dual processor, as well as a second-generation optical heart sensor and electrical heart sensor that allow it to perform ECG tests.

Smeg ECF01

With its 1950 art deco design and slew of high-tech features, this coffee machine was definitely made for people who want their appliances to be both attractive and functional.

The Smeg ECF01 takes under a minute to reach full temperature, and produces a near-perfect espresso with thick crema.

It’s also able to steam milk extremely quickly, and can build the necessary steam pressure in roughly 10 seconds.

Buffalo MiniStation Extreme NFC

Thanks to its 256-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and hardware-enabled near-field technology (NFC) security, the Buffalo MiniStation is able to protect your data physically and electronically.

The 1-terabyte external hard drive is also designed for work on-the-go with its conveniently built-in cable, rugged chassis for protection, and NFC card and reader for added security.

It’s also dust and weather-resistant to a certain extent, and can handle being accidentally sprayed with rain.

Microsoft Surface Pro 6

Microsoft’s category-defining detachable tablet PC comes with the same 12.3-inch screen, front-firing speakers, dimensions, weight, ports, and kickstand as its popular predecessors.

However, the Pro 6 sports a sleek black and slightly textured exterior, an 8th-generation Intel Core processor, up to 16GB of RAM, plus 8MP rear and 5MP front-facing camera.

Overall, it’s easily one of the best detachable Windows 10 PCs you could get, and now at an even lower price.

Vivo V19 Neo

Vivo V19 Neo is a mid-tier smartphone that houses flagship-level cameras – specifically a high-resolution 48-megapixel primary, 8-MP ultra-wide, 2MP bokeh, and 2MP macro camera.

Another key feature would be the Super AMOLED Ultra O display, which measures 6.44-inches, offers 2400 x 1080 full HD+, and even comes with Gorilla Glass protection.

The Neo is also powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon octa-core CPU and Adreno 612 GPU that allow for smooth multitasking, navigation, and app launching.

Edifier S360DB

The new Edifier has two satellite towers and a subwoofer as its primary components, all of which can either be connected using the RCA cables or, for those who prefer their sound systems to look neater, a Bluetooth option.

But while the Bluetooth may have been upgraded to V4.1, the Edifier still doesn’t come with NFC which, sadly, would have made pairing much easier.

Nonetheless, it’s one of the better speaker sets you can buy at its given price range, and there isn’t much more you could ask for in terms of the actual sound quality.

ASUS ZenScreen Touch MB16AMT


What immediately sets the ZenScreen apart from other mobile monitors would be its touch screen feature and rechargeable built-in battery.

And while the screen supports finger-based touched gestures, Asus has also seen fit to throw in a stylus pen with the panel – one that comes with a soft “eraser” end for touch functions like scrolling or tapping on links.

Finally, the menus are comprehensive and relatively simple to navigate, particularly with the help of the mini-joystick.

Dell XPS 17

Weighing in at roughly five and a half pounds, the 17-inch XPS is quite heavy compared with most of the laptops you’ll see on the market today.

But, for those looking for more screen space and beefed up performance – not to mention long-lasting battery life while multitasking – it’s definitely worth the extra pounds.

All in all, Dell’s latest offering seems best suited for professionals who need to work remotely or while on-the-move versus your casual, cafe-going users.

PLDT Home WiFi

Powered by the Philippines’ fastest mobile data network, Smart LTE, PLDT Home WiFi offers family-sized home internet for as little as P995 with no installation.

For added convenience, users can even manage their accounts and request for assistance in real-time through the myPLDT Smart app.

You can also pick your preferred FamLoad package based on your family’s WiFi needs and choose from different FamLoading channels such as 7-11, Smart, PLDT, and PasaLoad.

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