tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Philips SW6700/14 Star Wars shaver

December 12th, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift list: With the premiere of “The Last Jedi”, this Poe Dameron-inspired shaver (S$219) is an apt gift for the ardent Star Wars fan who wants everything in his life to be associated with the movie series. And as a wet and dry electric shaver, it gives a really close shave with its cutting-edge rotary technology.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

The three shave heads flex in 8 different directions to catch 20% more hair with every pass.

Design and appearance wise the glossy SW6700/14 is based on the X-wing fighter that Poe Dameron pilots in the Star Wars sequel trilogy.

I like the scratched metal finishing and red stripes.

Adding a nice touch is the red X-wing symbol that flickers during use.

Trying out the shaver, I found the Reflex Action system on the shaver provided a speedy close shave.

As it is moved over the skin, the shaver’s eight-directional ContourDetect flex heads automatically recalibrates to the curves of my neck and face.

Throughout the shave, I didn’t feel any pulling or tugging – because of the shaver’s V-Track Precision Pro technology, which uses 72 self-sharpening V-shaped blades cutting at 151,000 times per minute.

According to Philips, this technology positions each hair in the best cutting position, even on a three-day stubble (mine was a two-day old stubble) for a shave 30% closer to the skin and in fewer strokes, cutting up to 20% more hair compared to Philips predecessor shaver models.

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New arrival: Amazon launches Amazon Prime in Singapore

December 6th, 2017

Prime members can get unlimited free shipping on millions of local and international items, unlimited access to popular movies and TV shows on Prime Video and video game benefits with Twitch Prime. Prices & launch promotions below.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Tens of millions of members in 16 countries (including Singapore) already enjoy the best of Amazon with Prime. Click on infographic to enlarge.

Prime is Amazon’s popular membership program that provides exclusive access to benefits such as fast shipping, streaming and gaming.

“We want to make the lives of customers living in Singapore better every day. Customers in Singapore have been enjoying ultra-fast delivery with Prime Now since July, and now, the introduction of Amazon Prime will take their shopping experience to the next level. Now with an even wider selection of international items available for unlimited free international shipping, along with unlimited access to Prime Video and Twitch Prime, this membership is designed to offer the best of Amazon. And this is just the beginning. We will keep making Prime better, adding even more selection and benefits,” said Jamil Ghani, Vice President Amazon Prime International.

This week, Singapore customers will be able to enjoy Prime benefits including exclusive access to free two-hour delivery on orders over S$40 with tens of thousands of items and unlimited free international shipping on orders above S$60 on more than 5 million items from Amazon US – all available in the Prime Now App.

Plus, Prime members in Singapore will enjoy unlimited access to popular and award-winning Amazon Prime Originals like the highly-anticipated second season of The Grand Tour premiering December 8, as well as other shows, movies and more on Prime Video.

They will also enjoy access to gaming benefits with Twitch Prime, at no additional cost.

Amazon Prime in Singapore will be available for S$8.99 per month; however, for a limited time, customers can sign up for S$2.99 per month.

Everyone can try Prime by signing up for a free 30-day trial at www.amazon.com.sg.

More details below from the press release about Prime membership benefits in Singapore.

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New arrival: EB-1470Ui & EB-700U 3LCD laser projectors (ultra-short throw)

December 5th, 2017

Epson has launched the first 3LCD laser ultra-short throw projectors. The company boasts that the EB-1470Ui is the world’s first 3LCD interactive laser ultra-short throw projector. Price below.

Epson’s new 3LCD laser ultra short throw projectors: EB-1470Ui (left), EB-700U (right).

Epson’s new 3LCD laser ultra short throw projectors: EB-1470Ui (left), EB-700U (right).

Combining inorganic 3LCD panels with an inorganic phosphor wheel, the projectors’ laser light source provides up to 20,000 hours of operation with virtually no maintenance needed.

Both the projectors deliver 4,000 lumens of white and colour brightness and WUXGA beyond Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels for a dynamic viewing experience.

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New arrival: Philips Limited Edition Star Wars “The Last Jedi” shavers

November 20th, 2017

In conjunction with the release of the movie “The Last Jedi”, Philips has launched three special limited edition shavers featuring cutting-edge rotary technology – on sale in Singapore until 31 December, 2017. Prices below.

The three new limited edition Star Wars

The three new limited edition Star Wars “The Last Jedi” shavers from Philips. From left: Stormtrooper (S$109), BB-8 (S$149), Poe Dameron (S$219).

The three new special edition Star Wars shavers is part of a global collaboration themed around the Star Wars franchise.

“This collection will not only excite Star Wars fans but also gentlemen who want to up their shaving game. The Philips Star Wars shavers will be introduced at wallet-friendly prices while still offering all-star performance. All Philips shavers make use of a proprietary rotary shaving technology that is designed to follow the contours of the face, offering the closest shave possible and can be used on-the-go for ultimate flexibility and convenience,” said Ms. Aw Ee Ling, Senior Marketing Manager, Personal Health, Philips Singapore.

The new range of shavers combines premium cutting-edge technology with never-before-seen design features, emulating different characters from the Star Wars movie collection.

The shavers are available in Singapore from November 1 to December 31, 2017.

The Poe Dameron-inspired Philips Star Wars Shaver SW6700/14 (review here) is available exclusively at Best Denki.

The BB-8-inspired SW5700/07 and Philips Star Wars Dry Electric Shaver in Stormtrooper-inspired SW170/04 are available on the Philips e-store as well as from selected electronic stores, major departmental stores and authorised dealers.

The prices for the three new models are listed below.

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New arrival: ESET 2018 consumer internet security software (with Giveaway)

November 16th, 2017

The new security solutions for Windows devices include ESET Smart Security Premium, ESET Internet Security, and ESET NOD32 Antivirus. Prices and Giveaway below.

Update (20 November, 2017):

A big Thank You to all of you who participated in this tech4xmas2017 giveaway. The ESET Internet Security goes to @sherylhwq. Congratulations!

For the other participants, not to worry – there will be other giveaways up for grabs. In the meantime, check out the next tech4xmas2017 giveaway at @tech4teaEvents. So hop over and try your luck.

You might just win yourself a fun custom-made lightsaber amidst the current Star Wars craze – for yourself or for a friend as a X’mas present! So see you over at @tech4teaEvents!

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The most popular security solution among the three is the ESET Internet Security. Check out the tech4xmas Giveaway here to get a free copy for this Christmas!

ESET has launched its 2018 line of security solutions (version 11) for home users using Windows computers.

The solutions are available online now for download and annual subscription prices for 1 computer are listed below.

  • ESET NOD32 Antivirus: S$29.90
  • ESET Internet Security: S$45.90
  • ESET Smart Security Premium: S$75.90
  • ESET Multi-Device Security
    • for 3 devices: S$75.90
    • for 5 devices: S$106.90

Discounted subscription plans for each product are available for more than 1 device.

The ESET Multi-Device Security Pack provides the same features as the ESET Internet Security but adds cross-platform support to Windows/Mac/Linux computers and Android smartphones/tablets.

What is noteworthy is that for existing subscribers to the current versions, there is no charge for upgrading to the latest software – all valid ESET license holders can simply download the latest products.

More details from the press release below.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Seagate Backup Plus Hub desktop HDD

November 12th, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift list: The Seagate Backup Plus Hub serves as an external storage hub that provides extra USB 3.0 ports for direct data transfer and device charging. An ideal X’mas gift for the geeky uncle to help him manage all the digital assets in his family.

Comes in 4TB (S$259), 6TB (S$399) and 8TB (S$499) capacities.

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Editor’s note:

“I’m buying for my uncle the 8TB version as a X’mas present because he has been complaining lately that he’s running out of storage space for all the videos that he’s been capturing of his grandchildren. I think he’ll be delighted with the additional storage and ease of use.”

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub has been around for a while and it’s been an indispensible part of my desktop setup at home giving me much convenience and peace of mind.

First off, the 4-8TB provides much needed respite for storing and backing up the deluge of photos and videos that we capture with our cameras and smartphones/tablets.

The Seagate Backup Plus Hub comes in 4TB, 6TB & 8TB capacities.

You can access the Backup Plus Hub directly using Windows Explorer or via the bundled easy-to-use Seagate Dashboard software which enables you to configure and manage your backups/restores – whether it’s files from the computer, mobile devices or content on social media.

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tech4xmas gift ideas for Christmas 2017

November 1st, 2017

It’s November and Christmas is less than two months away, this series of reviews serves up gift ideas for those planning to buy presents for your friends and loved ones – or yourself. Keep a lookout for tech4xmas giveaways to build up the yuletide cheer.

Update (5 December, 2017):

As part of my tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway, I have one blue lightsaber toy up for grabs on Instagram until Friday (8 December).

It takes less than a minute, so try your luck and score yourself or your loved one a blue lightsaber for a X’mas present.

Update (12 December, 2017):

Looking for a X’mas gift for Star Wars fan to celebrate the premiere of “The Last Jedi”?

Check out the review for Poe Dameron-inspired Philips Star Wars shaver SW6700/14.

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The tech4xmas reviews are meant to provide ideas and start you off, so do check out some of them online and in the shops if they are what you think would bring a smile to your loved ones this Christmas.

With Christmas 2017 less than two months away, it’s a good time to begin planning gifts for those that are close to us.

So this series (see list below) features quick and easy-to-read reviews of some of the best tech gadgets/products that I’ve personally tried.

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New arrival: Zero Latency Singapore – free-roam, multiplayer VR gaming venue

December 2nd, 2017

Immersive virtual reality gaming for groups of up to 8 gamers (13+ years old) per 30min session, at S$69 per pax.

* This story first appeared in The Travel Memoir.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

Zero Latency Singapore is brought in by Tomorrow Entertainment, the company that also brought BOUNCE to Singapore. Photo: Zero Latency Singapore.

There are three VR gaming scenarios of increasing difficulty, from basic orientation (Engineerium, 15min), to zombie shooting (Zombie Survival, 15min), to hardcore gun fights at simulated zero gravity VR scenarios (Singularity, 30min).

The 30min game play for each session can be one of three combinations:

  1. Engineerium + Zombie Survival
  2. Zombie Survival + Zombie Survival
  3. Singularity

The 4,200sqft (390sqm) Zero Latency Singapore is located at #03-346/347 Suntec City Mall, between Suntec Towers 2 & 3.

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tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway: LifeProof NËXT iPhone 8 Plus phone case

November 13th, 2017

This transparent LifeProof NËXT phone case boasts six layers of protection in a sleek package to keep your iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus safe from drops, dirt and snow.

Worth S$119, you may just get one free by participating in the tech4xmas 2017 giveaway over on Instagram here.

Update (17 November, 2017):

A big Thank You to all of you who participated in this tech4xmas2017 giveaway. The LifeProof NEXT phone case goes to @coldkohmew.  Congratulations!

For the other participants, not to worry – there will be more phone cases coming up for grabs. In the meantime, I have started the next tech4xmas2017 giveaway back at @tech4tea. So hop over and try your luck.

You might just win yourself a 1-year’s license for the newly launced ESET Internet Security 2018 (worth S$45.90) – for yourself or for a friend as a X’mas present! So see you over at @tech4tea!

To try your luck, do the following:
1. Follow @tech4teaReviews Instagram account.
2. Comment on this Instagram post (ON INSTAGRAM) by typing one of the three things that this NËXT phone case protects your iPhone from.
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I will pick one commenter (at random) on Friday (17 November) to be the recipient for the giveaway. I will contact you via Instagram Direct Message to arrange collection instructions.

The two-piece outer shell of the LifeProof NËXT phone case wraps securely around the iphone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus and offers maximum durability and drop defence.

A raised bevel bolsters drop and touchscreen protection while the display is left uncovered for direct access to the glass.

A clear outer layer prevents scuffs, scrapes and scratches and an inner lining seals the case and phone from dirt.

An audio-transparent mesh covers the speakers to block dust and debris while audio flows freely.

NËXT protects from drops up to 2 meters, carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out.

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tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway: LifeProof NËXT iPhone 8 phone case

November 11th, 2017

This transparent LifeProof NËXT phone case boasts six layers of protection in a sleek package to keep your iPhone 8 or iPhone 7 safe from drops, dirt and snow.

Worth S$99, you may just get one free by participating in the tech4xmas 2017 giveaway over on Instagram here.

Update (13 November, 2017):

A big Thank You to all of you who participated in this first tech4xmas2017 giveaway. The LifeProof NEXT phone case goes to @maplrn. Congratulations!

For the other participants, not to worry – there are more phone cases coming up for grabs. In fact, I have started the next tech4xmas2017 giveaway over at @tech4teaReviews. So hop over and try your luck.

You might just win yourself a LifeProof NEXT phone case for iPhone 8 Plus or iPhone 7 Plus – for yourself or for a friend as a X’mas present! So see you over at @tech4teaReviews!

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To try your luck, do the following:
1. Follow @tech4tea Instagram account.
2. Comment on this Instagram post (ON INSTAGRAM) by typing one of the three things that this NËXT phone case protects your iPhone from.
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I will pick one commenter (at random) on Monday (13 November) to be the recipient for the giveaway. I will contact you via Instagram Direct Message to arrange collection instructions.

The two-piece outer shell of the LifeProof NËXT phone case wraps securely around the iphone 8 or iPhone 7 and offers maximum durability and drop defence.

A raised bevel bolsters drop and touchscreen protection while the display is left uncovered for direct access to the glass.

A clear outer layer prevents scuffs, scrapes and scratches and an inner lining seals the case and phone from dirt.

An audio-transparent mesh covers the speakers to block dust and debris while audio flows freely.

NËXT protects from drops up to 2 meters, carries an IP-5X rating for blocking dirt and dust and keeps snow out.

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Audio House launches cashless payments in its electronics store

November 8th, 2017

The electronics store has gone completely cashless with no cashier counter at all. Processes are digitised at the showroom, from selection of products, delivery arrangements, payments and more for over 3,000 SKUs. Launch promotion below.

At the launch of the cashless showroom. Audio House is located at 72 Bendemeer Road, Luzerne Building, #01-20/21/22, Singapore 339941.

Audio House will reap significant savings from increased productivity as salespersons can enjoy more effective use of time to provide value-added services to customers such as product demonstrations, information sharing etc.

“It is very difficult to challenge the market with the lowest price and offer an additional up to 20% rebate to all customers. With the cost savings from this campaign, we are able to pass these savings directly to our customers,” says Alvin Lee, the Managing Director of Audio House.

In the business for more than 20 years, the home-grown electronics store boasts that it offers electronics at up to 20% lower than the lowest prices in Singapore.

It promises price matching with any competitor’s price – on top of that it offers an extra S$20 cashback with every S$100 spent storewide.

Customers can visit Audio House’s showroom to check out the latest home electronics, touch and feel them, as well as speak to the sales promoters about the specifications and more.

After deciding on their purchases, customers can then make purchases via Audio House’s e-commerce platform, with arrangements of delivery and payments also completely done online.

More details from the press release below.

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