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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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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Samsung Galaxy S7

The Samsung Galaxy S7 is Samsung’s latest phone that was released on 11 March. It is a a significant upgrade of the S6 in many ways, mainly the battery life and water resistance. Other than that, this is just a way better Galaxy than its older counterparts.

The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a comfortable curved back and sides which is quite resistant, falling a few feet wont crack or dent it, just don’t expect it to be the next Nokia. It is also water resistant and can survive 5 feet underwater, without any protective case. These feature already made a durable smartphone more durable. Aesthetics wise, the curves and build is better than previous Galaxies, the S7 is no doubt built better than its older counterparts. The drawback is that the glass and metal backing is a smudge magnet. There will always be fingerprints on the phone, making it annoying to clean all the time and sort of forcing you to buy a case to prevent this problem.

Phones nowadays are used for taking beautiful shots while on holidays or just selfies. This phone has a really good rear camera, with 12 megapixels  with dual pixel
CMOS 5MP front camera. The rear camera is a  low-light camera, whatever photos taken will come out crisp. Though the low light photos have better quality now, digital noise was still there, those small speckles of color that infiltrate the picture are an inevitability in low-light digital camera shots. The auto-focus is really fast and good , grabbing clear shots from moving objects. This is good news to those taking normal landscape photos, but the selfies camera, armed with 5 megapixels, was not really good. It has even more ‘beautification’ filters, making the skin look youthful, but it does it too much. It makes the skin look plastic. The selfies comes out either too fake or too harsh. The flash used for the front camera is quite good, considering it whites out the screen, so your next selfie in a dark location will not be really muffled, but the flash in unbelievably blinding.

The S7 has lesser bloatware, unlike the S6, which leaves the S& with tons of customisation for you to do. Samsung also added a Game Launcher which has a set off quick action tools for you to use, like screenshots and recording. It can be use to turn off all alerts except for calls. The call notification takes up a big bulk of space, which would be better if it were to be toned down. It has an always on feature that shows either the clock, calendar or an image. It is useful a you need not to wake your phone up to check the time, battery levels or date.

The battery life is astronomically long lasting, even better than the iphone 6S. I mean if 16 hours of heavy use(still dependent on what the use is) is not enough for you, there is the S7 Edge anyways.  The amount of storage has been increased too, with a microSD card slot to use, that is an extra 64GB or more extra storage.

Here are some specifications that you might need to know. It runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, has 4GB or RAM and capture videos in 4K

Though it is pricey, I think it is worth buying it if you have no phone or have the money to buy this high-end phone. It costs 905SGD to buy the S7.

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Li-Fi

In the past, we have Wi-Fi. Now, we have Lifi.

In case you are wondering what Lifi is, it is something like Wi-Fi but better. pureLifi, was the company which invented the Lifi. Lifi uses the visible light spectrum instead of radio frequencies( which is what Wi-Fi uses )to give you network. Using the visible light spectrum instead of radio frequencies means that there will be better security. It also offers  greater data densities than Wi-Fi. Lifi also has inherent properties that eliminate unwanted external network intrusions and is capable of reaching speeds of 224 megabytes per second  . The integration of illumination and data services generates a measurable reduction in both infrastructure complexity and energy consumption.Since the Lifi gives off light and network at the same time, I could just switch off the lights at home and turn on the Lifi.

In my opinion, i would definitely buy the Lifi as it has 2 uses ,giving network access and lighting up the place at the same time.

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Quick Fire Rapid-i

The Quick Fire Rapid-i is a keyboard designed for mostly gaming by Cooler Master Storm. The keyboard aims to give the most pleasant gaming experience with almost no lag at all. The Quick Fire Rapid-i uses Cherry MX Blue, Brown, Red switches (depending on which model you purchase) which is able to respond to and recover from any button mashing with no time wasted.

The keyboard is also fairly light at only 932g which is convenient if travel is necessary. It is also small in size with the dimensions of 359 x 138 x 39 mm, so if you are trying to save space, this compact keyboard would be your choice. The keyboard doesn’t come with a number pad so it could be of an annoyance to some people.

The keyboard is also backlit so if you’re in a dark environment or have trouble searching for keys, this would prove useful to you. The brightness of the lights can be adjusted from being blaring lights to it being almost non-existent. Other customisations can be done like the light would stay solid, pulsate or only light up when striking the keys. However, some of the pulsating lights options could prove irritating.

The kickstands at the back of the keyboard do keep it at a very comfortable angle. The keyboard does not come with much unique features. You’re able to set up different profiles but since the keyboard does not come with macro features, the profiling only changes the lighting of the keys.

In conclusion, the Quick Fire Rapid-i is a gaming keyboard designed for people who are short on space but still provide excellent gaming performance. The keyboard is priced at around S$150 which is an average price for a decent gaming keyboard. Thus, I would only recommend this keyboard to people who are short on space and would not mind missing features like the number pad.

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iPhone 6S

The iPhone 6S has vast improvements from the previous model from last year where although the model looks very similar to a iPhone 6 but inside the device it has been modified greatly. The device has a stronger chassis, a better and sharper camera and many more new features.

The size and design of the device is exactly the same as the iphone 6 that you could even put on a phone case on both of them. It also uses the 7000 series aluminium which is the strongest material used for the iPhone. The screen is also more durable and would not break when dropped on the floor.

The phone still weighs really light and is comfortable whilenot being a burden to carry.  The resolution however is at 750p resolution at 326 ppi while most other smartphones that are much cheaper offer 1080p resolution screen. This does mean the device can be thinner and battery would last longer though. The display of the iPhone 6S is really colourful but lacks certain things like the contrast ratio and brightness where it would make the display more stunning and appealing.

There’s also improvements to the CPU and GPU and comes with 2GB of RAM now. For example the iPhone 6 used the Dual-core 1.4 GHz Typhoon (ARM v8-based) while the iPhone 6S used the Dual-core 1.84 GHz Twister. The TouchID Sensor is also improved where it detects your fingerprints faster.

In conclusion, the iPhone 6S is a really handy smartphone to have if you don’t own one yet or you’re not using an iPhone 6. As the iPhone 6S is greatly similar to the iPhone 6, it is not wise to upgrade to the 6S right now as it is at a hefty price of around $1048 at retail price. Thus if you’re on a budget, this would not really be an ideal purchase. Instead, I recommend people who still have iPhone 5S or below to upgrade to this phone.

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Google Nexus 5X

Priced at about S$530, the Google Nexus 5X has a light weight, thin and small in size. In fact, it’s so small that you would be able to  control the phone from one side of the screen to the other single – handedly. The Nexus 5X comes in the operating system of the Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

The device comes in both black and white. The white colour has a plastic rear and due to the plastic material, many users have pointed out that its design looks a little cheap compared to other phones on the market. On the other hand, the black colour version is made up of rubber, which probably is the reason why most of the consumers prefer the black one over the white version.

On the right edge of the phone, you would be able to find the volume and power buttons. The buttons are relatively shallow so that it suits the small design of the Nexus 5X. There are two visible speakers which sticks out at the front of the device. The 5X also has improved and sharper graphics compared to the Nexus 5. And the graphics isn’t the only thing that has improved, the new 5X has other functions too.

At the rear of the phone below the camera, there is an imprint fingerprint scanner on a silver disc. It also serves as a disc which you can balance your phone using your index finger when you only have one hand available. Google has intelligently hidden their fingerprint scanner beneath this disc, therefore allowing it to serve various purposes at the same time. It also is placed really conveniently and would definitely be in the reach of your finger. Furthermore, it also acts as the phone’s power button, meaning that no swiping or touching on the screen is needed at all. This way, you can power up the device efficiently without needed to place your thumb in an awkward position by finding it at the bottom of the device. This feature seems really remarkable and definitely is one of the main attraction of the phone.

The phone also has a brand new Android feature called Google Now on Tap. It allows you to search on Google without interrupting your activity on the phone. After scrolling through information, all you have to do is hold down the home button and the device will automatically search for that particular information through Google. This feature is pretty refreshing and creative. It does make searching more convenient though manually opening your browser wouldn’t occupy that much of your time.

The rear camera of the Nexus 5X has 12.3 megapixels while its front camera has 5 megapixels. Interestingly, it has a sensor known as the Sony IMX377, which has relatively large pixels and therefore, let in more light so that pictures would have better lighting. The front camera though doesn’t have excellent images to boast about, but is actually quite sharp. However, it doesn’t cover that big of an angle thus taking fitting in a whole lot of people into the picture might prove as a problem.

The interface of the phone is also really smooth and seems to have little problems at handling games. Compared to the Galaxy S6, the speed of the Nexus 5X isn’t that far behind at all. The battery life of the phone though doesn’t really seem to be that impressive and lasts for only about 9 hours on an average, a result many high – end phones would be able to surpass easily.

Though the design of the phone isn’t the best you can get, I personally feel that the phone has lots to offer and its refreshingly convenient features are really attractive. It just feels absolutely convenient in every way possible. Does it have lots of mind – blowing specs and an unmatchable performance? I guess not. But all that isn’t the main attraction of the phone at all, its how all the features are so intelligently implemented in a way that you get a whole creative and unique device. I honestly feel that the phone is worth the price and has definitely gave me an excellent first impression.

 

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Asus K455LB

The Asus K455LB is a laptop for both gaming and office work. It is nothing that outstanding but it is still a good laptop. It has a self-cooling palm rest for usage of long periods of time and a fairly long battery life of atleast 2-3hours when playing games and 4-5 hours when doing office work like writing documents.

It comes with an i7 core-5500U processor and 8GB of RAM which are fair decent for a laptop. It also has a Nvidia Geforce 940M which is not that great for running games at super high graphics settings but it is able to process things like videos much faster. From experience, it is able to run games like Bioshock infinite at high settings and Team Fortress 2 at max settings without experiencing any framerate drops.

It is fairly light as I have no trouble carrying the device on hand and a portable bag is given to people who purchased the laptop. A free Logitech M105 wired mouse is also given.

The device only has 1 audio port so if you have headsets that has 2 plugs, you have to choose which to put in. It comes with a LAN port, HDMI port and USB 3.0 port at left side of the device and 2 USB 2.0 ports, an SD card slot and a CD ROM drive at the right side of the device. It comes with 1 TB of memory which is handy if you need to install programs that take up lots of space.

In conclusion, this device is really convenient if you need to bring it all around as it is not very heavy and would be a burden to carry. The lack of 2 audio ports though is troublesome as headphones with 2 plugs can’t be used. I also noticed there’s a lack of a Caps Lock indicator. This could be rather troublesome if you accidentally pressed it and began typing things out, only to see all the words capitalised. The battery life is a nice touch as if you’re spending a long time outside it should last for a long period of time.It is around $1099 at retail price which is not recommended for people are at a budget. Thus, if you’re looking for a laptop that is for both gaming and work this would suit you nicely.

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Google Nexus 7 (2013)

The second generation Google Nexus 7 is a multi-touch tablet and it has very good specifications. It has a dimension of 200 mm x 114 mm x 8.65 mm and a light weight of 299 g. It is lighter than an average tablet of around 360 g. It has a big display and a physical size of 7.0 inches.

It has a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels and a high pixel density screen. It have some good and useful features such as the light sensor and scratch-resistant glass so it can withstand light scratches. The camera for this tablet is 5 megapixels and has an autofocus. It runs on a quad core processor and has a system memory of 2048 MB RAM.

The built-in storage for this tablet is 32 GB. The battery has a capacity of 3950 mAh. There must be a lot of people wondering what is the price of this tablet. So, the tablet’s price group is 5/10 which is the average amount. It has a low starting price of $230 which is good enough to cement its place in the tablet hall of fame. There are some pros and cons for this tablet. The pros are the tablet has a high pixel density screen, a quad core processor and fast mobile data support. The cons are the tablet lacks microSD slot for storage expansion and the camera lacks flash.

In my opinion, this is a great tablet. It have attracted many customers to buy it. It have very good specs and can be bought at an affordable price of $350. I would recommend people to buy this tablet as it is useful and have many functions which can assist you in many stuff which you need to use in your daily lives. I will give it a rating of 9.5/10.

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