Google Pixel 2

Introduction to Google Pixel 2 

The Google Pixel 2 has a superb camera and elegant design so there is no doubt that Google wants to continue the good times rolling with a pair of premium technology. It is also confirmed that they are going to have a follow-up is coming in a few months, by the company’s hardware chief, Rick Osterloh. They will launch the follow-up a year after the Pixel was introduced.

Even though we do not know much about the Pixel 2, rumours said that it will have a slimmer design and an improved version of the camera in Google Pixel.

The Google Pixel 2 is an improved of the Google Pixel 

There are rumours of generations of phones that will likely be better than the last. For example, new camera technology and improved Chipsets compared to last generation of the Pixel, Google Pixel. There are also specific rumours about an improved Pixel 2 speculate that the phone might be water-resistant and the camera might contain more features. They could possibly replace the processor with a better one. It is believed that the company is testing out the processors by the name of  Qualcomm, Intel and possibly the Taiwanese chipster maker MediaTek.

It might contain flexible edges 

There are rumours of the company speaking of Pixel 2 coming out with a flexible frame, similar to the HTU U11. It means that the frame might be pressure-sensitive. Which means that if we hold the phone tightly, the phone will automatically launch the camera or turning on the flashlight.

The Pixel 2 might lose their headphone port 

Like the Apple Iphone 7s, the company might not consider adding the headphone port on the phone. According to images from the internet, it shows that the phone contains the rear fingerprint reader and glass panel on the back of the phone.

    A rough price of the Google Pixel 2…

They had a price of s$965 for the Google Pixel and the Google Pixel 2 would not be any cheaper… Since Google’s brand of products will stay premium. Rumours are hoping for a $50 increase, but no exact price has been confirmed.

Would I recommend you to buy this product ??

I would recommend you to buy this product as it has improved camera, flashlight and processors. Even though it is more expensive compared to the Google Pixel but I think it is worth it to give this product a shot.

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Token Ring

Ever wanted to have something like a hand print scanner in your home? Maybe even make payments without taking out your wallet? Well then the Token Ring would be the perfect products for you.

The Token Ring is the first product that Token made. Token Ring is simply put, an accessory to access items that usually require you to input a password. Let it be like an account where you can access your computer, car door, and maybe even your house door(if you have a lock made by Token).

The way Token Ring works is rather simple. It’s fingerprint sensor on the underside which will allow the owner to use it’s fingerprint to unlock the items with locks that have Near field communication(NFC). Since not all locks have NFC, Token Ring is considering adding Bluetooth to it as another way to ‘communicate’ with the lock. Taking the Token Ring off will require a swipe before activating it again. A rainbow-colored LED pulse shows it recognizes the fingerprint, but a red flash means it was rejected.

Token is already working with Microsoft to support Windows 10 and together with Visa and Mastercard to make contactless payments.

Token Ring comes with 2 prices- $249 and $299. The one that comes at $249 comes with a brushed stainless steel finish. While the one that costs $299 comes in black rhodium and 14k rose gold finishes.

I personally feel that the Token Ring would be extremely useful to people who have a lot items in their bag or pocket and those who often leave their keys at home or forget to take it after a meal. The Token Ring should be made water-resistant so that it will still work when you spill coffee over it or you forget to bring your umbrella on a rainy day.

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Acer Predator XB272

 

 

The Acer Predator XB272 sends a fast 240Hz reload rate and offers a great selection of hardware controls. The 27 inch monitor has quite low resolution and the input connectors are not up to date. This is a great choice of a high-rate frame game. However it is not very ideal for the money spent on this typical kind of monitor.

Acer being competitive, increased the length of the monitor from 25 inch to 27 inch. At $680, it is not the cheapest monitor around, but it is one of the monitors that can refresh very fast. The thing that attracts buyers is of its resolution as if you can put a lorry in the pixels. But other than playing games, its resolution is not very high. You can set the resolution higher when playing games.

Specs:

Turns vertically

Depth of bit: 8

Normal Brightness:400

Pixel Pitch: 0.31mm

Gray Response time: 1 milisec

Black/white respond time: nil

Date of release: April 2017

The display of the monitor is normal, with the controls . The buttons are flat and hard to feel, but it has a joystick that makes it more easy to control the monitor. It serves as up and down keys. It has various options such as options that sets the brightness, reload rate.

Plus the 240Hz reload rate is way better than normal monitors that has reload rate of 144Hz and lousy monitors that has reload rate of 30 Hz.

There are 4 USB ports and 2 installed speakers. But there is only 1 HDMI . So, if you are spending too much money on this , you might consider using this monitor for several years.

There is 1 display port and a Headphone Jack.

So I personally think that the Predator XB272 has a great 240Hz reload rate if you are a gamer and love gaming. Plus you can set the resolution of the computer to make up for the monitor having only 1 HDMI , and of the input connectors.

Source credits: http://www.144hzmonitors.com/reviews/acer-predator-xb272-hdr-review/

https://www.acer.com/ac/en/GB/content/predator-model/UM.HX2EE.005

https://www.cnet.com/products/acer-predator-xb2-xb272/review/2/

Google Glass

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Introduction

Google glass is a piece of futuristic tech worn similar to glasses, developed by X, previously Google X. The glasses work like a mini, wearable computer, with a display similar to a smart phone and hands off a experience.

Features

Google Glass, being a device on its own, has runs own apps, made by third party and also a few already existing google apps such as Gmail, Google+ and Google maps. Some of the third party apps include news apps, social media, photo manipulation, face recognition, exercise and many more. The Google Glass also has a companion app for Android and IOS called my Glass, allowing you to configure the Google Glass using your phone.

Uses

The Google Glass, being a hands-off piece of technology, has many uses. One such use would for Journalism, allowing you to see the story from the journalist point of view. Another would be for healthcare. The glass can store medical information, inform you when you next appointment and can even live steam appointments to patients. Even military uses have been explored, tracking animals and bird in the jungle.

Problems

 Such different and unique technology does not come with its downside. You are not allowed to where it into places such as cinemas and casinos as it has the ability to film and record. Some places have even banned Google Glass. The Glass does pose an issue to privacy, being able to use facial recognition on every stranger you meet on the street sounds scary and is something the Glass can do. The Glass can also film events and conversations, which raises more privacy concerns.

               Overall

Due to all the controversy surrounding the initial release, the Google Glass prototype has been discontinued on 15 January 2015, but a new Google Glass, the Google Glass Enterprise Edition may be released soon, but it has not been confirmed.

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Plantronics Voyager Legend

Plantronics Voyager Legend

Advantage: Smaller and lighter then other typical headsets. Very clear sounds can be heard from the headset and its design is very innovative and ingenious. It is very smooth so people feels good when they wear it.

Disadvantage: Its large boom mic arm is. Its tip do not form a secure audio zip.

Generally: The microphone is not for people who likes to keep up with the trend but is for people who love talking for its clear music quality and its comfortability.

 

Let’s kick off by talking about its design and its origin. Plantronics has been in the market since the arrival of the Jet Age and popular days of the Apollo space program. This event displays the company’s latest Bluetooth Headset, the $99.99 Voyage headset. It is definitely a famous name but created as a product after the Plantronics Voyager Pro Plus, and the Legend does the unexpected. Improved, it has a better quality, it is smaller, it is easier to wear and its battery life lasts longer. It is still incomparable to minute headsets but if clear sound quality is the main thing you want, then this will be the best headset for you .

This contraption is one of the best headsets created these days. Its well-respected design makes it more bulky than its rivals such as Motorola Elite Silver, Jawbrone Era, or even Plantronic’s own M55. It is beautiful compared to Jedra Supreme. Compared to the Supreme, it has a great feel made from plastic. Although its ear loop is wide , but it provides maneuver in easy touch. The ear loop’s bottom poses a robust power.

I feel that generally this product is very worthwhile the deal and a very good option for buying. It costs only $99.99  so the more you should buy it.

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Plantronics BackBeat 500

What you see on top is the Plantronics BackBeat 500. This headphones are one of a kind, something that everyone needs.

Lets talk about why this headphone is a need-to-have. Plantronics BackBeat 500 is a bluetooth headphone, this allows people who easily forget about bringing the cables a solution ! It cost around $75-80 only! Plantronics BackBeat 500 headphone sounds great even for its affordable pricing. Plantronics BackBeat 500 has a long battery life, lasting for 18 hours after you charge it ! By buying this product, you can get a free carrying pouch allowing it to be more portable. There is even a DeepSleep mode which helps your headphone to conserve power when you are not using it. 

 

There are also some disadvantages about this headphone. Since it is dark coloured, the headphone will show some scratches over time, making it look old. It is also not as comfortable as the step-up BackBeat Sense(another product by Plantronics) 

To me this headphone is a really good one, it is affordable with lots of advantages about it like : DeepSleep mode and it being bluetooth. Also the product has cushions on it makes it more comfortable when wearing the headphones. The design is also solidly built with mostly thick matte plastic, soft faux-leather which also allows it to look slick despite its cheap price. 

 

From the pictures above , you can see the inner and outer parts of the headphones . These ear cups are just right for your ears and smaller ear cups makes it less bulky, allowing it to be portable. Its cushion and ear cups allows Plantronics BackBeat 500 to be comfortable though its cheap price.

The battery life is the best ! Able to survive for such a long time (18 hours) and even having a DeepSleep mode which would not allow Plantronics BackBeat 500 to lose any significant amount of battery. 

This product is the best out of all the affordable products, sounds great, light, portable and even feel great when you wear it. 

photo courtesy of : http://www.androidpolice.com/2017/04/14/plantronics-backbeat-500-review-budget-headphones-new-challenger/

https://www.cnet.com/products/plantronics-backbeat-500/review/

 

 

 

Google Home

Seems like Amazon Echo has a competition.

Since the release of Google Home, it has grown a lot as a not so portable of ‘Siri’. It acts as a personal assistant of some sort. You can tell it to do things just like Siri. It can do a wide variety of things it can do like respond to what you or others say. It is has a voice recognition so it can learn how to respond to individuals which you can add through the app that controls it which can be found on iOS and Android devices. The Google Home can also play music through its speakers using Bluetooth

With the home, you can basically talk to it and get it to do things you normally would with a phone or computer like remind you of events, play the news, set and snooze an alarm and so on. The way that that happens is that it gets information from your Google account so Apple fans are going to have to make a Google account to use it. The Google Home seems to have a personality of some sort as it contains Easter Eggs that Google added such as saying “I am your father” which is a Star Wars reference. In order to have several users on the same Google Home, each user has to be added through the main user and has to install their own Google Home app. The Google Home voice recognition system can be easily fooled if you sound alike to a person that is registered to it so that is why Google have not used it to do things that is very personal such as payments and unlocking things.

Google Home can be activated by a phrase or something that you say a lot to it or by tapping the top of it. To stop audio, alarms, timers, and responses from playing, just tap the top of the Google Home once. To change the volume of the audio playing, just swipe on the Google Home clockwise to increase the volume and anticlockwise to lower it. Long press to activate it and pressing the mute button will deactivate it.

I personally feel that the Google Home is going to come very handy when we are in a rush or are short in time as it can allow us to do things without even taking our phone out from our pockets especially when it is made available at $114.

Photo courtesy of: https://thenextweb.com/google/2016/05/18/google-home-official-amazon-echo-worried/#.tnw_qfozAw9o

Garmin Forerunner 225

The Garmin Forerunner 225 is a good running watch with a great heart rate tracker. It is always on display and has an accurate GPS for tracking runs. It can track steps and calories. As it is water proof, you can wear it while showering, swimming or when doing other water sports. But while you’re sleeping it will keep track of some data but it lacks information. The heart rate tracking is only limited to workouts and there is no automatic syncing. Runners that hope to track everyday activities and heart rate should consider get the Garmin Forerunner 225

This watch was made to be used by runners, the built in GPS allows user to track pace and distance. It has quite a nice design and a few functions all packed into one watch. The Garmin Forerunner 225 also has water resistance of up to 50m. Compared to other smartwatches and workout watches, it has the a very informative screen so you will be able to see everything you need in that one single page. Even under bright light you can have a good look at the screen so there is no need to block the sun or anything like that. With everything turned on, it has a battery life of 10 hours.

If you are a runner that do not need that many functions, you can get other cheaper alternatives in the market. However if you run a lot and take your running very seriously the Garmin Forerunner 225 is a great option.

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Corsair HARPOON RGB Gaming Mouse

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Corsair has been at the top of the market in many different areas and this includes their computer mice. However, Corsair has mostly been releasing mice with a somewhat high price tag of over 55SGD, such as the M65 PRO RGB, Scimitar PRO RGB. If you are a Corsair fan or just a person who wants to upgrade their mouse with a budget of lesser than 50SGD, you might want to consider Corsair’s Harpoon RGB Gaming Mouse.

Priced at around 55SGD, this is a great mice if you are looking for a mid-end mouse. The first thing that you would notice after you have tried it is how incredibly lightweight it is. At 85 grams, it is much lighter compared to many other mice in the current market. This lightweight design would be ideal for those first person shooter players or those who just prefer a lightweight mouse when gaming.

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On the left side of the Harpoon lies two side buttons that are placed in a position where it is easy to press for those with smaller than average hands. The buttons feel very well made and sturdy compared to some other mice which as side buttons that feel very flimsy. The mice also has a textured rubber grip that stretches out on both the left and right side of the mouse for additional comfort and to allow for stronger grip.

The back of the Harpoon has a pretty good curve that allows for a especially comfortable grip that feels very natural. And of course, the Corsair logo which has RGB LED lighting sits on the back.

Now on to the front of the mouse. The left and right buttons both feel very smooth on the surface and feel very responsive. In between the buttons is the scroll wheel that feels quite rigid which may bother some people. Right behind the scroll wheel is where the DPI button as usual, where you can switch between five settings, 500, 1000, 2000, 4000, and 6000. It is also good to note that these number can be changed with a software in multiples of 250. In addition to being able to change up the numbers, you are also allowed to change the LED colour based on which DPI setting you are on. This is very handy as you can just check what DPI you are on right of the bat just by glancing at the mouse.

The bottom of the Harpoon has a Pixart PMW3320 Optical sensor and four PTFE skates which lets the mouse glide smoothly on surfaces.

Overall, the Harpoon is a very well designed mice and with a price tag of around 55SGD, this mice is well worth the price. However, if you have more money to spare for a mouse, I would suggest that you go for some other Corsair gaming mice rather than this one as they are much more unique and superior.

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