Sony 4K HDR Bravia X8000D

4k XLocal tech blog YugaTech is doing a giveaway of a Sony X8000D Bravia 4K TV. To be honest I wasn’t sure about using this blog to participate in a promo, but I was already in the market for a new TV since our living room TV is already starting to have some problems.

I checked out the product features of the Sony X8000D Bravia on their website. Some of the features stood out for me specifically:

  • 4K HDR – this means you get to watch high definition 4k videos. Perfect for those who really enjoy high quality displays. The TV also comes with some technologies to enhance your viewing experience such as 4k X-Reality and Triluminos display. And if you have a gamer in the family, this means you can now maximize the Playstation 4 Pro since it supports gaming in 4K resolution!
  • Connectivity – Wifi is a big deal for me because our current TV is a bit old and only supports wired connection. Wifi makes it a lot easier! The TV also has 4 HDMI slots – let me see… that’s one each for the PS4 Pro, Nintendo Switch, and XBox One, plus one more to spare for those times when you want to connect your laptop to a big display (one can dream right?)
  • Android TV – this means all the apps on the Google Play store can be downloaded and run on the TV. That means built-in Youtube, Netflix, etc, without need for a separate device to stream from!
  • Google Cast – oh, I didn’t know this even existed until now! Apparently TV’s can now have Chromecast functionality built-in, without the need for the separate Chromecast device. Awesome! We can just send content from our mobile devices directly to the TV!
  • Netflix recommended – one of the things I’ve been looking for in a new TV is that I want my folks to be able to easily use my Netflix account. Currently the only way they can use it on the TV is through the PS4, which is a bit difficult if you don’t know your way around a controller. Having the TV itself support Netflix will make it a lot easier for my parents to take advantage of Netflix’s library of movies and TV shows!
  • X-Protection PRO – to protect against power surges, this seems like it would be really good especially here in Metro Manila where power supply is not always the most stable. Added protection for your investment!

The model has a lot of other features designed to enhance your enjoyment of audio and video content. With all of these features, the Sony Bravia X8000D could definitely be the perfect home entertainment companion for the modern family!

Indulgence – the Nokia N73

I bought a new phone yesterday.

At the recommendation of my brother, I got one from the Nokia N-series, the Nokia N73. As a relatively recent smartphone release, it cost quite a chunk of cash. I was having second thoughts for a while, because I’m almost never comfortable parting with a significant amount of cash. If I’m going to spend more than a week’s salary on something, it better provide me with a decent amount of entertainment

I was also hesitant, because I didn’t really need a new phone. It’s not like I’m the type of guy that buys shiny new stuff just so he can show off to other people. Hell, I’ve avoided having a phone until, what 2005? Getting a smartphone is pretty much an indulgence. I’m not buying a new phone so much as I am buying a new toy. As I said to one of my officemates “I want a phone that I can really tinker with.”

That being said, I’m sort of settling into the purchase now that the exchange has been made. I like the camera handy. I like having an MP3 player handy. I also find a phone useful. So having all of these functions in one device is pretty okay I guess. Ooh and it also has a radio! How quaint!

I would post a picture, but I’m not yet sure how I can get the phone to take a picture of itself.

PIMP MY RIG — we test parts for you..


Pimp My Rig 
is a hardware review side associated with a friend of mine from high school. Yes, I was asked to help promote it. 😀

I haven’t worried about hardware issues in a while, since I usually ask my kid brother to handle most hardware purchases/setup at home. So, I don’t really know much about the latest and greatest hardware but this site looks helpful enough to be given a try, especially if you’re the sort who enjoys putting together his own PC. Check it out.

On an unrelated note, whenever I try to type the word “rig”, I find myself unconsciously typing “right.” Deep inside, I don’t think I accept “rig” as a word. :p