Sony MDR-1A

The Sony MDR-1A is the successor of the discontinued MDR-1R, a so-called “premium” version of this product. People liked the previous model as it is known for being extremely comfortable. The MDR-1A is better, thanks to some improvements.

The design of the earcup is different but, it’s still keeping that exquisite design, adding on softer padding and cushions that are slightly angled to fit your head better. The design on the MDR-1A is a bit more textured compared to the MDR-1A.

One of the biggest design changes is the earcups rotation, the way that its facing in the opposite direction. Why would I mention that ? Its because the headphones can rest with their pads down. Which is more convenient when its resting on your neck. Means that it feels more comfortable we are wearing it around our neck and not listening to them.

Without any cables attached to the headphones, the mass of the headphones would be 225 grams which is slightly lighter compared to MDR-1R which is 240 grams, which doesn’t matter as it is still considered lightweight for an over-ear model. There is also another small design change to the cable connector on the headphones. On the MDR-1A, the connector is replaced with a gold ring.

When you get the headphones, the company also provides you two standard 1.2 meter cables, one of them has a button inline remote and microphone. It adapts towards Android and Iphones. But if you are using Android, you can use the SmartKey app to customize the button controls.

The MDR-1A is for audiophiles-those people who wants to hear the sound as accurately as possible, so there’s no jacked-up bass. It’s also one of the most comfortable headphones around, so you can listen to it without weariness. If you coincidentally have the older version of this product, the MDR-1R, you can try to compare both products to see which is better in audio. If you switch back to the MDR-1R, you will tend to find out that the bass is thicker, muddier and less clear.

So, all of these so-called premium headphones, that you like really comes down to your own choices. Like I said before, the clarity of the audio can beat down so many other types of headphones not only that but its very useful headphone that is well-worth considering if you’re looking for headphones “worthy” for you. The price of the headphone is roughly S$250-S$300 range.

Honestly, I would buy this headphone as not many type of headphones are around in the world. Given that it has so much more advantages compared to other products in the world, that would convince so many people to buy this product. Even though it is expensive, I would still recommend to buy this product as it is worth it to me and hopefully, many other people as well.

 

 

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro is another drone for photographers to use. The DJI Phantom 4 Pro almost seems like it was made for that exact purpose with automated camera functions, robust controls, and a max speed of  72kph (45mph).

Specifications:

  • 1388g (3.06 pounds)
  • 350mm diagonally (13.7 inches)
  • Approx 28 minutes flight time
  • Controller with flight and camera controls (optional touchscreen)
  • 72kph (45mph)
  • Front and rear collision detection

The automated camera functions means that you do not need to control the camera on your own to do the same things over and over again. The 28 minutes flight time would mean that you do not have to constantly land your drone and recharge it and can continuously take a series of photographs. Having a controller with flight and camera controls to control the drone would be like playing a video game on your phone. Collision sensors on the sides would allow you to know when your drone bumps into something. The one on the bottom would allow for safer landings and the infrared sensors would allow it to know where it is in a confined space.

The return-to-home function has a range of 300 meters. The function allows the drone to go back to a specific location that you can set as long as that location is within the range. That is where the infrared sensors come in handy as you can get it to go into confined spaces like your house. The drone, using the infrared sensors, would be able to navigate through the area on its own when returning home.

The chunky controller has not changed from the DJI Phantom 4. Of course the price is more expensive due to the additional Pro features.

Now onto the drone itself. It has a carry case which as the name suggests can carry items in it. The propellers can be easily removed and clipped on for the ease of setup.

Camera Specifications:

  • 4K video at 60fps
  • Max video bitrate 100Mbps
  • 128GB MicroSD
  • 20-megapixel, 1-inch CMOS sensor
  • Mechanical shutter
  • Aperture control f2.8-f11

The specifications are what you would usually find in a camera drone.

2 of the drone functions include ActiveTrack and Tapfly mode. ActiveTrack allows the drone to follow a subject by flying sideways or backwards. Tapfly mode, which works backwards now, allows the drone to fly to a location which you will determine by tapping on the screen and you can rotate the drone or tilt the camera without changing its path. The software can handle the gimbal’s smooth sweeps and tracking better than you can, and that is what’s worth the price for interested photographers.

The drone comes with a beginners mode where it restricts the top seed and steering. Once you are more comfortable with flying it, you can always remove the beginner mode anytime you feel like.

I personally feel that the price is worth it for the wide variety of functions and the complexity of each function. The functions are easy to use and can easily help one out in sticky situations.

The DJI Phantom 4 Pro costs on an average of $1,500USD.

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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.

Photo courtesy to : http://www.pixel2google.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/google-pixel-2-features.png

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/

Geometry Dash

Geometry Dash is a game that requires your hands to be quick and agile. It costs $2.69 for iOS and Android. It ranges in different levels from the easiest to the hardest. It is about a character in a square-like shape that you can change its colour and face as you complete levels.Levels are downloaded and there is a name of the creator to tell you who created the level. The popular levels are always at the top with many comments.Some levels require to switch to different transportation such as spaceships, through portals as shown above in the picture.

People who cannot handle the levels and try a demo of the level through a button named “Practice” before trying the actual level. But the level will not be considered complete through Practice.

Until now there are still a lot of people playing it even it was released long ago. For those who cannot spend money on games, they can try the other two versions of the game such as ‘Geometry Dash World’ and ‘Geometry Dash Meltdown'(shown above in the pictures) for free for a glimpse of the game even on iOS.

The other two versions has almost the same features as the original version of the game , ‘Geometry Dash’ except ‘Geometry Dash Meltdown’ cannot download levels and only has trial levels which are very few. ‘Geometry Dash World’ has almost the same features as ‘Geometry Dash’ except it has lesser levels.

And all the levels in the 3 versions even the trial levels , has its own unique background music to enhance the level and attract music lovers to play.

This game was released by Robtop Games and was produced by Robert Topala. The character reacts by jumping and dropping by tapping and not tapping respectively.

This game contains achievements that are completed through finishing difficult levels , collecting stars etc.

Sometimes , after you complete a level , you can get a secret silver colour key that can unlock a secret vault that contains many attractive treasures as you collect more keys to unlock them.

This game is suitable for people who loves music or gaming , even both.

I think this game is in general very demanding and requires quick reaction.  For people with not that fast reaction, i would recommend them to start from the easiest level. This game is compatible with iOS 8.0 or later, with iPhone, iPad and iPhone touch, requires Android 4.0 and up.

 

Source Credits : https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.robtopx.geometryjump

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry_Dash

 

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http://play.mob.org/game/geometry_dash_meltdown.html

iPad Mini 2

I’m sure everyone has heard of the iPad by now, some people may want a tablet but find it too big for them, well the iPad Mini 2 might be for you. With its light and thin design, it would not be much of a burden to carry it around and is also easy to keep.

It uses the iOS 9 which is the most recent and secure version of the operating system. There is a 16GB/32GB/64GB/128GB models where you can choose from.

Don’t let the size of the iPad fool you, it is still able to perform basic tasks like surfing the internet or playing casual games. It is installed it with the A7 Chip which is quite responsive, powerful and power efficient, having a battery life of around 10 hours (may vary from users).

Using 802.11n with MIMO, it is able to provide a faster internet connection making streaming videos more enjoyable as the chance of it buffering is severely reduced. It also supports 4G which is small but makes a big significance as you’re able load things more quickly and stream videos on YouTube or any media sharing platform in high quality.

It comes with a 7.9-Inch Retina Display which are able to capture sharper and detailed photos. The screen is sharp and colourful so that it is enjoyable for viewing.

When you purchase the iPad Mini 2, it comes a Lighting to USB cable and a USB Power Adapter.

Overall, the iPad Mini 2 is good budget iPad if features aren’t a problem. Some who had used certain Apple Phones and Tablets may know that it comes with a TouchID Sensor which the iPad Mini 2 lacks. The iPad Mini is cheaper than most Apple products where it costs from S$398.00 to S$648.00. In conclusion, if you’re looking for a tablet to do basic functions like surfing the web, streaming videos or play casual games, this maybe a perfect tablet for you.

 

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Amazon Tap

The Amazon Tap, is a smaller, more portable and cheaper version of the Amazon Echo smart speaker. Of course it also has complete access to Alexa, Amazon’s virtual assistant. The Amazon Tap is completely different from the Amazon Echo, it is wireless and you can charge it by placing it on the cradle which comes with it and then you can take it to wherever you want to go to. It will stream up to nine hours of audio on a full charge, or last up to three weeks in standby mode. However, The Tap is not always on and you need to press the microphone button instead to wake it up and get access to all the tricks Alexa can do provided you are connected to the internet.

There are several things Alexa can do:

  • Streaming internet radio. (Like from TuneIn and iHeartRadio)
  • Streaming music. (Like from Amazon Prime Music, Pandora, and Spotify.)
  • You are able to do a lot of tricks like commanding Alexa to read audio books from Audible or the Kindle Store, or read the morning headlines.As for the sound, Tap promises to have the same quality as the Echo.

    In my opinion, i would definitely buy the Tap as it is cheaper and more portable and around the same quality as the Echo but at the same time better in its own ways too.

    Photo courtesy of: http://www.droid-life.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/amazon-tap.jpg

    Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70

    The Lenovo TAB 2 A10-70 is a multi-touch tablet so the user can control the phone with up to 10 fingers at a single time. It has a dimension of 247 mm x 171 mm x 8.9 mm and a weight of 509 g which is heavier than average tablet which has a mass of 360 g. The tablet has a physical size of 10.1 inches and a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels.

    It has a pixel density of 224 ppi. There are some features for display such as the light sensor and accelerometer. For the camera, it have autofocus and geo tagging. The tablet has a quad core processor and a system memory of 2048 MB RAM. It also have a built-in storage of 16 GB.

    The non-removable battery of this tablet has a capacity of 7000 mAh. However, the battery is not user replaceable though. There are some pros and cons. The pro is only the tablet has 4G but the con is that this tablet’s camera lacks flash. There should be another factor which users might want to consider and it is the colour of the phone. There are some colours such as Pearl White and Midnight Blue(shown in the image).

    In my opinion, this tablet is good and I would give it a rating of 7/10 since it does not have much disadvantages and it has a big screen which can be used to watch movies and shows. This tablet is suitable for casual use and not too suitable for those who would take photos using tablets. And lastly, many people might be wondering the price of this tablet. Now, I shall say the price group of this tablet. The tablet’s price group is within the lower range, 4/10 which is a little lower than the average smartphones.

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    LG G Pad X 8.3

    The LG G Pad X 8.3 is a multi-touch tablet. It has a dimension of 216.7 mm x 126.5 mm x 8.6 mm and weighs 369 g which is slightly heavier than the average tablet of 360 g. The difference in weight is around 9 g. The physical size for this tablet is 8.3 inches, so it is a small tablet and with an affordable price.

    It has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. This tablet has a pixel density of 265 ppi. The tablet have a light sensor and accelerometer. The camera is 8 megapixels. The camera have many features such as face detection, digital zoom, voice activation, self-timer, autofocus, touch to focus and geo tagging. There are many different camera modes such as burst mode and high dynamic range mode. It has a sharp focus, though things get fuzzy in low-light situations and colors are on the dull side.

    It runs on 8 core processor and it has a system memory of 1800 MB RAM. The tablet has a built-in storage of 16 GB and a battery capacity of 4800 mAh. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are it have a 8-core processor and a fast mobile data support. The cons are the battery is not user replaceable, the camera lacks flash and the gaming performance is slow, for example if you play Nova 3, the phone will definitely lag. It applies to all large games. The good thing about the LG G Pad X8.3’s speakers is that there is two of them. The bad news is that they are located on the back, directing the sound away from your ears.

    Lastly, the tablet has a 4,800mAh battery.In my opinion, this is a great tablet because of the 8-core processor as it can run applications or the Internet very fast, hence I would give this tablet an overall rating of 8/10.

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    Asus ZenPad S 8.0

    The Asus ZenPad S 8.0 is a multi-touch tablet. It has a dimension of 203.2 mm x 134.5 mm x 6.6 mm and a weight of 298 g which is lighter than the average tablet in the market. Average tablet weighs around 362 g. The physical size for this tablet is 8.0 inches and a resolution of 1536 x 2048 pixels. It runs on 64-bit intel CPU(Central Processing Unit).

    It has a high pixel density of 320 ppi. There are some useful features such as light sensor and scratch-resistant glass. The camera is 8 megapixels and has a feature such as geo tagging. It runs on a quad-core processor and has a system memory of 4096 MB RAM.

    Nextly, this tablet runs on a quad core processor. There are a few colours you can choose for this tablet such as black and white which is shown on the image on top. It also has a built-in storage of 64 GB and it is released on 10th July 2015. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are it has a high pixel density screen, quad core processor, lots of RAM and a thin body. The cons are the camera lacks autofocus, flash and the front-facing speakers are weak.

    In my opinion, this is a good tablet. I would recommend it to people who would use the tablet casually and not those photo enthusiasts who loves to take photos with their phones or tablet. This tablet is not a tablet which specializes in photos, however, it has an affordable price which is quite reasonable since this is a good tablet as it has a lot of good functions which is useful in our daily lives such as the fast processor for this tablet. Hence, I shall give it a rating of 8.5/10.

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