AFTERSHOCK MX-15

The Aftershock MX-15, a laptop specially designed for performance, gaming. Engineered for epic performance with unbeatable pricing(being only SGD $1142-$1384). You are able to enjoy any type of game at high frames per second because of its great Graphics Processing Unit and Central Processing Unit. Running most games at around 220 frames per second 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor)even with the best graphics set in the game.

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Its a bang for your bucks, why? A 15.6-inch Full-HD gaming notebooks have been available for a couple of years, but they haven’t been exactly affordable. Having an Acer Predator or Dell Alienware notebook with Intel Core i7 processor and NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU will cost you around SGD $2500 or more, which is steep compared to what a regular notebook cost these days. While the MX-15 is only SGD $1142 even with a 15.6-inch Full-HD IPS Matte Display, 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU with 6GB GDR5 RAM, 8GB of DDR4 RAM plus 120GB SSD with 1TB HDD. There’s also a generous number of ports including 1x USB 2.0, 2x USB 3.0 (Type A) and 1x USB 3.0 (Type C). There’s also a single HDMI and two mini Display ports so you can connect to up to three external monitors!

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With the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU having 6GB GDR5 RAM and the 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor, it allows high and maximum frames per second running lots of games smoothly though with best graphics. The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 GPU can run games like counter strike global offensive max graphics at around 160 frames per second which is ideal for gamers. The 7th Gen Quad Core i7-7700 3.6GHz processor also helps out with maximizing the graphics processing unit.

Even though the MX-15 is cheap, it contains most gaming laptop functions, for example, its keyboard. The keyboard has RGB backlights which you can set to up to highlight your hotkeys and controls in different colours.

In my opinion, MX-15 is a must for people who wants cheap but awesome gaming laptop, its really great compared to some overpriced gaming laptops which cost around SGD $2600 with worse performance.

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August Smart Lock(2017)

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(Picture of the model of the August Smart Lock(2017))

Comes with a door-sense sensor and works with apps like Google Home for $129. It doesn’t work with some other apps like Apple and is a bit noisy at times though. The lock can be installed in several minutes and uses DoorSense to give the user information constantly whether the door is closed or opened, when the user is not at home.

This August as compared to the August Pro, has a more traditional design. It is around thrice as large and wider than the August Pro. It uses more technology and lesser equipment with a latch that can be turned to unlock it. But the design looks a bit less plain than the August Pro. But when using apps to control the lock, it tends to get noisier.

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(How the August Smart Lock(2017) looks when it is manually locked)

I still want to reiterate about the DoorSense. It is a very good function to inform the user whether the door is locked so that important valuables does not get lost. When tested, it gave clear condition of the door. But the bad thing is that this August product is not compatible with some apps like Apple anymore. If you are an iPhone user and you wish to use a lock like this, you can consider using other products of August like the August Pro. Voice commands can be used to command the app through the phone.

You can make the lock connect to WiFi also by topping an additional $79 to allow the lock to have this function. So the total cost will be $199.

I think that this lock is a very good lock with good features like DoorSense that makes it appealing to buyers. So I think people that wants a safe lock that will keep your valuables in place, this will be the right choice for you.

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https://www.cnet.com/products/august-smart-lock-2017/review/2/

https://www.cnet.com/products/august-smart-lock-2017/review/

 

iRobot Roomba 880

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iRobot Roomba 880

Behold, the little helper bot sent to save you from dusty floors, the Roomba 880. With whole new features than it’s predecessors, it helps clean the floors.

Features

The Roomba 880 comes equipped with a new AeroForce cleaning system, bristle-free extractors that rotate inward toward each another to speed up airflow and increase suction. Along with that, the strong vacuum and increased battery life from the new XLife battery.

The Roomba also has various lights to indicate different thing, like a light to show when the battery is full, empty, when the bin is full and when the Roomba gets stuck.

It also has a Dirt Detect feature helps the Roomba to locate the grime and dirt on the ground to clean, so just in case it misses a spot, it can solve the issue itself.

The robot comes with a removable bin, left and right wheel, debris extractors, and a spinning side brush.  Beside the vacuum itself, you also get a Home Base, or dock, two Virtual Wall/Lighthouse sensors with four C batteries included, an extra HEPA filter, and a remote control with two AA

batteries included.

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iRobot Roomba with accessories

Functionality

The Roomba can switch between spot clean mode and regular clean mode, so you can set it to clean a certain troublesome spot or just the whole area.

Being a Roomba and all, the experience is pretty hands-off, the 880 model allows you to set schedules of when to start cleaning, stop cleaning, where to clean and where not to clean.

The Roomba can be remotely controlled, using the aforementioned remote control, allowing a user to interact more with the robot when necessary.

The Roomba 880 can sense the duration it requires to clean a room, going back to its charging port after it thinks it’s done with the cleaning. unfortunately, its hard to predict how long it might take the Robot to clear the area out of the box.

Accessories 

Virtual Walls: They act as invisible barriers, stopping the Roomba from going to places it should not be going. The Virtual Walls can also be converted into Lighthouses, allowing the Roomba to clean room after room without losing its way back to the charging dock.

Home Base: The charger that provides power to the Roomba, the main base of operation that the Roomba go to when it needs to recharge.

Remote Control: Allows the user to control the Roomba.

Pros

If you need a helping hand to assist you with cleaning around the house, the ability to schedule the timings, new improved vacuum system and extra accessories make this an excellent choice.

Cons

The issue with pet hair filling the bin up too fast and pet hair being a little troublesome, and the fact it costs S$1,298.00 are the only down sides.

Summary

The iRobot Roomba is an amazing helper to assist you in clean your floor, with added accessories to make it more efficient and useful.

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LG V30

The LG V30, a phone that made everything possible. It has the best-sounding smartphone that’s ever been made, and it also has LG’s finest industrial design to date. The LG V30 is distinctive, modern, and stacked with desirable features, a phone seemingly destined for inevitable stardom. A awesome device with great performance, long battery life, an amazing camera and a headphone jack. And is also has water resistance, wireless charging, micro SD expandable storage and support for any cellular carrier too, awesome right?

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Until now, i really thought that the above can only be possible by Samsung’s Note 8 and s8 but the LG V30 surprise me by having all these functions, and so Samsung might just have another rival. Though it is not cheap, it has a sleek, durable handset, a new OLED screen, thinner build, improved dual cameras and a quad digital-to-analog audio converter built into the headphone jack, LG’s has just made it as both a luxury phone and a content creator’s dream, with particular focus on videographers (who can shoot pro-style Log format video) and so i think its worth the price. Just like the s8, it too, has an unusually tall screen that extends practically all the way to the top and bottom edges and a smooth glass back and a shiny aluminum band like the note 8.

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The LG V30’s dual cameras take killer photos. They’re crisp, full of life, and as often as not better than ones took side by side with a Samsung Galaxy s8 Plus, with more detail and less splotchy noise if you zoom in. You can thank the additional megapixels, 16 mega pixel compared to 12 mega pixel and slightly larger lens aperture, f/1.6 compared to  f/1.7 for that. In the daytime, the LG’s second wide-angle camera is a special treat, letting you capture more of your surroundings in every frame. You just can’t get these photos with any other phone camera

Overall, i would recommend you to buy LG V30, its worth your money and a real shocker once you get to hold it in your hands.

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Lenovo Yoga 920

The Lenovo Yoga 920 keeps everything i liked about its predecessor, the 910, and fixes almost everything i didn’t. A world-class performance, standout style and immersive entertainment, the Lenovo Yoga 920 is in a league of its own. Sleeker than ever and packed with speed and power to streamline your day: long-range voice-activated support, a nearly edgeless 4K display( 2160p) a resolution of 3840 pixels × 2160 lines, an optional digital pen featuring pinpoint accuracy, and more. Stand apart.

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The Lenovo Yoga 920 adds in Intel’s latest eighth-generation Core i-series processors that do deliver better performance while keeping its battery life good and long. Priced at SGD$2100, in my opinion it can be lesser and cheaper to be more affordable. But Lenovo Yoga 920 features can actually make up for that. Lenovo Yoga 920 is also slim and able to fit into most laptop bag and being easy to bring around. Its design is also a great feature. Being attractive and slick, it can make most people “wow!” on the laptop.

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From the super slim bezels around its display to the sturdy all-metal chassis to its unique watchband 360-degree hinge, the 920 looks and feels like a premium laptop. At 1.4 kg, it’s a little heavy but far from a burden and forgivable considering you’re getting a 13.9-inch screen in the same space as a typical 13.3-inch laptop. Plus at half an inch thick (12.7 mm), it easily slips into most laptop bag.

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The precision touch pad stays just about perfect. Fingers glide easily over its smooth surface, and you would never experienced any cursor jumps caused by a brush from your palm. There are multi touch gestures that are easily adjusted within Windows’ settings, so you can turn off controls like pinch-to-zoom or three-finger swipes if you want. A fingerprint reader to the right of the touch pad lets you sign in quickly with Windows Hello, which makes your login smooth and fast.

Overall i think Lenovo Yoga 920 is a great laptop and worth your money.

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iPhone X

 

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The iPhone X, which was released a month ago, is a better version of iPhone 8.  It has a dual camera and it now has face ID function like Samsung S8.  And the picture quality of iPhone X is very good. When you see your own selfie, you feel like you are much younger. And iPhone 8’s battery have been tested on 22 December 2017. Like Samsung S8, iPhone X’s face ID function is making customers having quite a hard time unlocking the phone. There is also an improvement in adjusting the apps and swiping the phone. Also, iPhone X also has wireless charging.

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(How it looks like when it is being wirelessly charged.)

Instead of swiping down the functions like torchlight from the bottom, now iPhone X functions are swiped down from the top. This product changed people’s impression of apple as this was the only phone that does not have the home button anymore in apple products. But as always, iPhone is expensive. Converted into Singapore dollars, it is $999 for one. Although iPhone X looks big, but the black sides of the phone are actually not the part of the display screen of the phone. It is the front camera and sensors. iPhone X’s resolution is better than all the other apple phones. The color of the iPhone X is amazing that it can even blend in the dark. iPhone X’s battery life is around 11.45 hours. Portrait mode is a mode that allows you to take a very clear picture of yourself but in exchange for your background not being as clear. Normally, face ID requires your eyes to unlock it, but you can deactivate it by going to settings. That is very special, which other phones are unlikely to be able to do it. All this features makes this phone that expensive.

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(Colors of iPhone X)

You will have to buy a case to protect the iPhone as it is fragile and just one drop is enough to break it. I think this phone is something who wants to buy a phone that can last very long. Repairs for iPhone are very expensive so I think buying a case would be safe.

 

Credits:

https://www.cnet.com/products/apple-iphone-x/review/2/

https://gadgets.ndtv.com/apple-iphone-x-4258

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-iphone-x-vs-8-plus-7/

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OnePlus 5T

Just like the previous One Plus 5, One Plus 5T comes in with a bang, being an awesome phone with the right price, making it one of the best value phones you can buy anywhere. With dual cameras which allows better pictures to be taken. Optimized for low-light and portrait photography. A highly rated 16 + 20 MP cameras that help you capture crystal-clear shots.

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One Plus 5T and One Plus 5 has almost the same name, but what is the difference? One Plus 5T has a larger display, measuring 6 inches instead of 5.5. With the aspect ratio has going from 16:9 to 18:9. Like iPhone X, One Plus 5T has Face recognition system with really helps with people that are lazy to unlock their phone by typing. It also has few software tweaks which are useful in small ways. With all this, it makes One Plus 5T a great and affordable phone . 

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Having a 6-inch AMOLED display, you can see web pages clearer and bigger, which is awesome people that does not have good eyes. Now lets talk about One Plus 5T’s design. With an industrial aluminium uni body design, even if it’s basically the same as the One Plus 5’s. The edges are nicely curved, it’s not too big and it’s really thin. The biggest design change  from One Plus 5 to 5T is that the fingerprint scanner now sits below the rear camera sensor, rather than on the phone’s front. One Plus having to go through multiple variations of this scanner just to get it right and had even tried colour matching it completely to the device, but in the end it stuck with the same ceramic construction as previous phones. But scanner itself is on the small side for my liking, but it’s perfectly positioned just where your finger naturally rests. 

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The only thing i find odd is its slightly odd 2160 x 1080 resolution which i think does not work well. Further more, about the bad things the phone’s face unlock doesn’t authorize payments and its dual camera’s digital rather than telephoto zoom is a step back. There’s no expandable storage, and it’s not rated for water resistance.

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AirPods : Wireless earphones by Apple

AirPods : wireless earphones 

Product made by Apple

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The AirPods is Apple’s latest wireless earphones that are very convenient. They contain apple’s latest own custom designed chip called the W1 that helps optimize battery use and processes the Bluetooth connection as well as audio. It has up to 5 hours of usage time while the box to contain the AirPods has up to 24 hours worth of battery to charge the AirPods, 15 minutes of charging is equivalent to 3 hours of use. The Air Pods are immediately connected to your devices when it is taken out of the box and can be used straight a way with the box charging the AirPods the moment they are kept. The AirPods also have sensors to sense if it is in your ear or not so that it can play and stop when it is in or out of the ear respectively with the ability to use one or both of the AirPods at any one moment. The Airpods also has a voice accelerometer that recognizes when you’re speaking and works with a pair of beamforming microphones to filter out external noise and focus on the sound of your voice. AirPods provide rich, high-quality AAC audio and wireless charging. It also has sensors to detect your touch so that it can activate Siri with just a double tap, of which can be changed in settings so that the AirPods can do what you what when you double tap.

There are also some complains about the AirPods like the battery’s idle discharge being too high, people thinking that the AirPods can fall out and go missing when in use and the high price of SGD$238. The battery problem has been solve when Apple upgraded the AirPods’ firmware to 3.5.1 while the Airpods falling out is almost impossible as it is made to fit perfectly and for the high price, it is very worth the price that it cost.

AirPods
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For more info of AirPods, Apple’s latest wireless earphones, click here to go to Apple’s website.

iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

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iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017)

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a great update to the already amazing iPad Pro (9.7, 2016). With its larger screen and very fast processing, the new iPad Pro can even stand in some laptops.

Features

The new iPad Pro comes with a handy stylus with you can use to interact with the the tablet with more precision, and helps when you try to draw some picture. The iPad also has a a 12-megapixel rear camera with a True Tone flash feature and a 7-megapixel front camera, pretty good cameras in you intend to take pictures with it. It also has touch Id, allowing you to lag in using your finger tips.

Operating system

The current operating system that the iPad Pro is currently using is IOS 11, allowing users to drag and drop and open three apps at the same time with  one hovering above the other two splitscreen ones.

How it compares to other devices

Against:

iPad Pro(9.7-inch,2016):  iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a slightly superior version of its predecessor, with a quicker Touch ID button, slightly bigger key board and slightly bigger screen, without sacrificing much in the factor of weight. It is clearly the better device.

Microsoft Surface Pro (2017): The Microsoft Surface Pro runs Windows 10, which trumps over the iPad Pro’s IOS 11, with Windows 10 being able full versions of traditional Win32 software as well as Java apps and Flash, all of which the IOS 11 cannot compete with. Not only that, the Windows 10 can multitask with 3-4 tabs, more than the 3 of the IOS 11. For the Microsoft Surface Pro, they have basic Type Cover is $129 with fancier color versions covered with Alcantara fabric for $169. For the iPad Pro, Apple’s Smart Keyboard is $159. Both keyboards provide an amazing typing experience, but the basic Microsoft keyboard is cheaper, has hinges to adjust the screen and has a track pad, beating Apple’s Smart keyboard out of the water.

Specifications

Price Starts at SGD$968
Display 12.9-inch, 2,732×2,048 resolution (264 ppi)
Processor A10X Fusion chip
RAM 4GB, 1600MHz
Storage 64GB, 256GB or 512GB
Wireless Dual-band 802.11ac; Bluetooth 4.2
Ports Lightning connector, Smart Connector 3.5mm headphone jack
Cameras Front: 7-megapixel; Rear: 12-megapixel
OS iOS 11

Pros

The iPad Pro (10.5-inch, 2017) is a clear improvement over the previous iPad Pro, making it the superior iPad, almost able to replace some laptops.

Cons

With worse accessories and operating system compared to the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017), it is objectively the worse than the Microsoft Surface Pro(2017).

Overview 

Despite being a great device, that people who love the Apple brand should enjoy.

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Razer Phone

 

 

 

The Razer Phone is a new device released by a well known company called Razer. They have one of the best gaming computers in the known world. Many gamers from around the world all want to have their hands on any Razer device, even me. You probably be asking yourself, whats the difference of the Razer Phone and a normal typical phone ? Well, the main audience that the phone targets are teenagers, normally gamers. Once more, you’ll be asking yourself why should I get it even though other phones can run games ?

Well, the phone is specially made for gamers, with high end specs, smooth screen and powerful stereo speakers. Some people who are not gamers also got the phone. Why ? Its because of some new camera features inside the phone. For example, Razer added a 2x zoom to an app after downloading the new patch. Furthermore, Razer claims that the image sensor produces less noise in dark places and clearer and thus, clearer shadows. Best of all, Razer says that users would find that this device takes better photos than before.

With so much competition in the market, and companies offering great screens and a whole lot of power for gaming, the Razer Phone should have quite a number of people already getting the device as its made by a well-known company called Razer, for those who did not know.

This device has a 5.7 inch display which packs the world’s first 120Hz refresh on a smartphone. Not only that, it also has Dolby Atmos-tuned stereo speakers which is located at both sides of the device in a rectangular shape. The Razer Phone is focused on two core elements which are the screen and sound. Because of the specs that the Razer Phone has, it has some strong advantages when it comes to visuals and audio and with plenty of power under the hood, it will easily beat other phones maybe, computers in terms of visuals and audio.

Currently, the Razer Phone sells at $700. Though the device is used more for gaming compared to taking photos, I still recommend this device to gamers out there in the world as this device would really put their gaming experience on a whole new level. Even though the Razer Phone is meant for gamers, it has some features which would please the non-gamers too.

I do recommend on getting the phone, even though its price is quite costly, I do believe that its worth getting it as there are more advantages compared to disadvantages. Personally, I would get this device as I find this not only convenient for gaming, but even more convenient to carry it around with you as the device is considered light.

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