Acer Spin 5

The Acer Spin 5 is an excellent laptop for its price. Starting at $700, the convertible 2-in-1 notebook overflows with useful features including a modern build, stylus pen, HD touchscreen, long-lasting battery and healthy range of ports.

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For everything that it offers, if it were any cheaper, it would be a no-brainer. As is, it is a great option for anyone interested in a solid middle-of-the-road laptop, but it’s also not likely to catch anyone’s eye or inspire great works of creativity. The new Acer Spin 5 models comes in 13- and 15-inch versions. New features include its all-metal build, the latest 8th-gen Intel Core processors, a sharper screen, improved stylus support and better keyboard.

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Having an installed space of 8GB, even though it is pretty less, it is actually worth it for just $700 and it even have the latest window  Windows 10 Home and a capacity of 256GB. It has a  built-in HD webcam, fingerprint sensor and microphone and, in terms of connectivity, it boasts Bluetooth and WiFi- connectivity (802.11ac). Want to know why you should consider buying the Acer Spin 5? It is well built and decently looking; good keyboard once you get used to it; excellent trackpad; decent screen if you keep it indoors; solid performance; long battery life; more affordable than the competition

On the contrary, it is a little heavy and have a shallow keyboard. Screen that is too dimmed and has only a microSD card-reader. For people who like peaceful surroundings, it has noisy fan and high operating temperatures on this test model

Why do you still buy it?

If you are looking for a Core U laptop with a compact case, convertible form-factor and an affordable price, then you absolutely have to check-out the Acer Spin 5, a device that is already available in stores and sells for $700 The Spin 5 is not without flaws, among them being a dim screen that is not going to do well outdoors and an moody fan, but it is also well built, performs well, types alright and packs a large battery, so the value you are getting for the buck is almost unbeatable by other convertibles available out there at the time of this post, a recipe Acer also follows with the Swift 3 we reviewed a couple of weeks ago.

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Nvidia Shield Tablet K1

Nvidia is mostly know for making graphic cards for PCs. But what if I told you the same people made a tablet just for gaming? I raise you the Nvidia Shield Tablet K1.

The K1 is the successor of the Nvidia Tablet and an improvement in several ways. Most notably by being cheaper and a whole lot more powerful. The K1 is coated with an anti-slip surface which works well, but in the process makes it a fingerprint magnet.  It boasts a 5MP front-facing camera and 2 speakers on the same side. They perform just fine, if not way better for a tablet. All the ports are located on it’s top which does makes it rather troublesome if you need to find the way to charge it or adjust the volume. The top side also houses the 3.5mm earphone jack. The ports include micro USB, mini HDMI out, and a microSD card slot capable of taking up to 128GB cards.

The Nvidia Shield should be able to, at the least, run Android 7.0 Nougat. Considering the Android 8.0 Oreo is out, there should be no surprise if buying one right now will come with that. A factory new Nvidia Shield basically comes with the stock Android preloaded, but Nvidia added some of their own applications. The Nvidia SHIELD Hub and Nvidia Dabbler. An app to enhance your gaming experience and a photo editor respectively.

But what makes the Nvidia Shield miles ahead of other competitors is its Tegra K1 mobile superchip ,that basically out-performs more or less every other smartphone and tablet in the market. Since Nvidia mostly makes graphic cards, it is to no surprise that the Shield comes with a GeForce card. One can expect features like HDR lighting, tessellation and more. With so much power and performance, the battery life must be short right? Well, not really but kinda. If you were to use the Shield for browsing, 10 hours should be about how long it will last. While gaming, the batter life is 5 hours.

The Shield Controller is a must-have add-on for those who plan to procure the Nvidia Shield. Costing 80 SGD, the controller is sold separately from the Shield. It is also lighter than its predecessor and utilises Wifi Direct to interact with the Tablet, giving it two times the response speed. Using Wifi Direct means more bandwidth, which not only allows the aforementioned, but you can plug in a 3.5 mm headphone and connect up to 4 other controllers. Other unique features of the controller include capacitive touch buttons for Android’s home, back, and play buttons. Nvidia cut the price of the Shield, but at the same time, removed some add-ons some may require. The casualties of the price cut includes the micro-usb and the power brick. This may be a hindrance to those who travel frequently, but 40SGD should cover up the lack of material.

In the end, if you need a high end gaming machine for mobile games, most of which are not good, the Nvidia Shield Tablet is a good choice. Even if gaming in not your calling, the artistic side of the Tablet is still robust. For about 270SGD (without add-ons), this investment would be a wise choice  for those who game or draw.

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iPhone 8 Plus

The iPhone 8 Plus introduces an all‑new glass design, the fantastic dual-lens camera shoots better than ever with improved portrait mode. The world’s most popular camera, now even better. The most powerful and smartest chip ever in a smartphone. Wireless charging that’s truly effortless. And augmented reality experiences never before possible. iPhone 8. A new generation of iPhone.

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Though it a step below the iPhone X, but its powerful performance, still-excellent cameras, and roomy, standard-shaped screen which maximizes all existing iPhone apps and includes a few iPad-like features not available on the X. The iPhone 8 Plus also have  True Tone screen and that same superfast A11 Bionic processor you’ll find in the X. True Tone is in most of Apple’s iPad and it works a lot like the white-balance-compensating system found in the iPhone’s camera flash, allowing the iPad or iPhone screen to determine just the right percentage and intensity and temperature of white light you need. The idea behind the whole concept is that whites tend to look different under different light, but with True Tone enabled, the iPad can shift how the display looks no matter the lighting. With this, i can say that Apple’s iPhone is upgrading with iPad’s functions, giving Apple users a better experience with iPhone.

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Why 8 Plus and not 8? The 8 Plus is worth the premium over the 8 to get the dual cameras, larger display, and a battery life that still beats out the iPhone X. Though looking old-fashioned as Apple’s model of iPhones still look alike, the iPhone 8 Plus is really powerful with a fast running processor and even, perhaps, it is one that people would prefer over iPhone X.

In my opinion:

The iPhone 8 Plus has all of the same basic features as the new iPhone 8, except for its larger size, slightly better battery life (in our everyday real-life use) and better cameras. I would also prefer a more hand-friendly iPhone X as of my palm size to carry the phone around. I would say iPhone 8 Plus  would be a phone for people that would carry and use their phone around all the time or photographers who would want a light and portable good camera.

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Design:

For iPhone 8 Plus, Apple used stronger aluminum body accents, steel reinforcement inside and metal highlights around the camera lens. There are only three colors this time: white with silver highlights, glossy black and space gray, and a blush pink-like gold.

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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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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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Standoff 2

The legendary “Standoff” is back in the form of a dynamic first-person shooter!
New maps, new types of weapons, new game modes are waiting for you in this incredible action game, where terrorists and special forces going to engage the battle not for life, but to death. This game, made with the same developers as “Standoff”, and the game “Standoff 2” is a mobile version of Counter Strike Global Offensive, a well loved multiplayer first-person shooter video game developed by Hidden Path Entertainment and Valve Corporation. Standoff 2 is about  two teams against each other: the Terrorists and the Counter-Terrorists. Both sides are tasked with eliminating the other while also completing separate objectives, the Terrorists, depending on the game mode, must plant the bomb, while the Counter-Terrorists must either prevent the bomb from being planted, defuse the bomb. Defuse is a fast paced game mode with only 1 minute 30 seconds per round for terrorist to get to bomb sites or counter terrorist to defend the bomb sites, prevent bomb to be planted or defuse the bomb. If either of the teams eliminate the other, the eliminated team loses while the one alive would win the round. $800 will be given to each player at the first round and the currency will increase on whether you win or lose, you will need to use the currency to purchase guns.

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Deathmatch is another game mode in Standoff 2 where you get any game you want and there are still 2 teams of counter terrorist and terrorist but this time you get to go wherever and kill the opponent. You will respawn every time you die. There is a timer of 10 minutes, with 1 kill points will be added to the scoreboard. By the end of 10 minutes, points will be compared between the players, top 3 players will be shown as “winners”. With stunning frames of more than 60 fps(frames per second), its runs with a sexy and smooth graphics.

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With a control setting containing shooting/crouching/jumping/scoping layout settings like changing the x and y sensitivity and where the shoot button will be and sound, graphics settings that allows you to get comfortable with the game. Being a fast-paced fps, it test your reflexes and tactical skill. Example of knowing when to peek enemies, rotate to other bomb sites, faking plants/defuse with the bomb to bait out enemies and even prefiring the spots that are commonly used. All this requires game sense, or even Intelligence quotient to predict movements of enemy and counter them. 

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Overall  i would say that Standoff 2 is a really good game to try out, it is not pay to win and can relax minds. Killing opponents might help you to relieve stress, being a fast pace game helps out with some of your boredom.

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Bose QuietComfort 35 II

The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II, a comfortable and wireless noise-cancelling headphone, can be said as the best headphones ever created. Its features are just like  Bose Quiet Comfort 35, but this time with a twist. The Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is the first headphone to integrate Google Assistant.

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Instead of talking to your phone to access Google Assistant , you can just press and hold the Action button on the Quiet Comfort 35 II and issue commands such as “Tell me what is the weather today,” “call Troy” and “What are some good Korea restaurants nearby?” You can also use your voice to control your music playback and compatible smart devices in your home. There is also a app “Bose Connect app”, choosing noise-cancellation levels, toggling between Low, High and Off with each button press. It is an important feature for those who may be sensitive to the feeling of light pressure that can be the by-product of active noise-cancellation.

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This awesome headphone is also comfy fit and top-notch noise cancelling. For iPhone users,  you can access Siri on iPhones and having long lasting battery life at up to 20 hours in wireless mode with noise cancelling on.

I think that Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II  is the best product for 2017 because of its dedicated button for Google Assistant, but it can be programmed for other functions. Retains its predecessor’s top-of-the-line active-noise canceling, excellent wireless Bluetooth sound and extra-comfortable design. Works in wired mode with included cord if battery dies. Which makes me say that the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is worth its price and a need for music lovers to have it.

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Now lets talk about the Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II disadvantages, its battery isn’t replaceable and has same apparent design and performance as previous model, Bose Quiet Comfort 35. These disadvantages is not much compared to Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II design and advantages.

Overall, i think that Bose Quiet Comfort 35 II is worth its price, but Quiet Comfort 35 owners don’t need to upgrade,as the addition is only a dedicated Google Assistant button, which gives the already excellent wireless noise-cancelling headphone an extra bit of personality.

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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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Corsair Void Surround

Corsair’s products have been ergonomic and eye catching. The Corsair Void Surround is no different. One of the 5 Void headsets on sale, the Void Surround has a few things the other Voids don’t.

To start off, imagine a peripheral device that can be used on pretty much anything that is up to date. That is the Void Surround. It is able to be used on the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC and even on mobile devices, if they have a 3.5 mm audio jack. The versatility of this headphone is one of its strengths. However it is still able to be used on older platforms, some however might require an adapter.

Another feature is a Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound, by using the USB Dolby Headphone adapter. What does this mean? You can have surround sound while playing your favourite games on console. So if you want to experience The Last of Us or Uncharted with surround sound to have the best experience possible, this is also a good pick.

The microphone and the frame is not to be underestimated. Corsair teamed up with a few designing experts from BMW to make an ultra-iconic and ultra-comfortable design. The ear cups are ear-shaped and fit around your ear instead of rubbing against them. This itself allows a long lasting gaming marathon without fatigue kicking in very quickly. The icing on the cake for comfort is that the ear cups have memory foam microfibre wrapped around it.

The microphone itself has a program called InfoMic. On the tip of the mic, there are two lights, one to notify you about battery life, microphone mute condition and some settings. Unlike most other headphones, the buttons to toggle mute, adjust volume or swapping presets are not on the cords. Instead of making the cords look slightly weird, with that little bulge,  the buttons are on the ear cup to make it more comfortable and efficient to use and there is no need to fumble about to find that bulge.

Sound quality wise, it is still something to look up to. With 50mm neodymium drives and the aforementioned Surround Sound, listening experience are both gaming and music are equally good. Due to its strong drivers, the bass is strong and its pirmary focus. It also has a very wide dynamic range. The mid-range and high-end might not be on par with the bass’ quality, they are regardless still very good and decently clear.

So, if you want a gaming headset that looks nice, have quite a good sound quality and have a microphone that updates you about its status. This is one of the best choices. The surround sound is an ad-on that quite some people will like, giving more immersion to those epic singleplayer games and campaigns. With a price of 115SGD, this headphone is a good deal for its price.

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Sony H.ear On Wireless NC

The Sony H.ear On Wireless NC is Sony’s latest wireless headphone to be on the market. Being quite similar to Bose’s QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over QuietComfort in a few ways.

H.ear On Wireless NC is only 290 grams heavy, just slightly heavier than the QuietComfort and not as comfortable. However, with some parts of the headphone being not as elegant, it will take a while for you to fatigue. It is folds up into an included carrying case, though it does not fold flat. The case is also very bulky too. Aesthetically, H.ear comes in 5 colours, some of which are really striking.

Sound and track control are on the right ear cup, and you can choose to have noise cancelling on or off. You can also plug in a cord to make it a wired headphone. Its Automatic AI Noise Cancelling function constantly analyses environmental ambient sound components and automatically selects the most effective noise cancelling mode. H,ear is a textbook headphone for calling with two microphones, one external and one in the housing.

The headphone can last for 20 hours on Bluetooth and with noise cancellation active, it will last longer if you were to bring the volume down and not use noise cancellation. Compared to its rival, the QuietComfort 35, H.ear has an edge over it in terms of sound quality. The sound quality is also really clear, with tight bass, all these being natural for Bluetooth headphones, but it sure does a good job imitating a wired headphone.

Even though it is not the most comfortable Bluetooth headphone in the market, it makes it up for its excellent sound quality, being so good, that it does sound a bit like a wired headphone. For the price, 468 SGD is quite pricey, however, it is a good trade-off for the sound quality.

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