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New Arrival: ASUS Releases Latest VivoBook S15 In Singapore

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The sleek ultraportable laptop sports an unconventional colour-blocking design, and four-sided NanoEdge display. The ASUS VivoBook S15 (S531FL-BQ188T) is retailing in Singapore at S$1,598.

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S531) in Transparent Silver and Moss Green.

ASUS VivoBook S15 (S531) in Transparent Silver and Moss Green.

The latest VivoBook S15 ships with 8th Gen Intel Core processors, NVIDIA GeForce MX250 graphics, 8GB RAM and 512GB PCIe SSD.

ASUS VivoBook S15 with its four-sided Nano-Edge display.

ASUS VivoBook S15 with its four-sided Nano-Edge display.

The ErgoLift hinge design improves the typing experience, with a sleek metallic chassis with unique colour-blocking finishes.

This is also the first VivoBook model to feature an infrared (IR) camera.

The VivoBook S15 (S531) incorporates the new frameless four-sided NanoEdge display design that gives it a more compact dimensions, and an immersive viewing experience thanks to an up to 88% screen-to-body ratio.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Empyrean Headphone From Meze Audio

Sunday, August 18th, 2019

Meze Audio, a high-end audio company renowned for developing premium audiophile headphones and earphones, introduces their new flagship: Empyrean headphone, with Eng Siang International as its sole official distributor in Singapore. RRP: S$4,599.

Designed and engineered in Baia Mare, Romania, the Empyrean is made of lightweight carbon and aluminium using high precision Computer Numeric Control (CNC) sculpted chassis, milled from a single piece of solid aluminium.

Designed and engineered in Baia Mare, Romania, the Empyrean is made of lightweight carbon and aluminium using high precision Computer Numeric Control (CNC) sculpted chassis, milled from a single piece of solid aluminium.

The Empyrean is made in collaboration with Rinaro, a progressive audio company with over 30 years of research and development on planar magnetics.

Meze Empyrean is available immediately at the recommended retail price (RRP) of S$4,599 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, E1 Personal Audio, and Lazada.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: New Accessories For KEF LSX 2-Speaker Wireless System

Friday, August 16th, 2019

The new accessories comprise the S1 Floor Stand (S$599), the B1 Wall Bracket (S$399) and the P1 Desk Pad (S$299).

The new accessories for the KEF LSX are now available in Singapore

The new accessories for the KEF LSX are now available in Singapore

In addition to the exciting new accessories range, KEF recently announced the introduction of Apple AirPlay 2 enabling LSX owners to stream music, videos and games from any Apple device including iPhone, iPad or Mac to their speaker.

To update to AirPlay 2, the new firmware will be deployed over-the-air and applied across all existing products purchased by existing and future customers.

Below are more information from the press release about the new accessories.

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New Arrival: Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is now ready for macOS Catalina (10.15) and moves to Apple Metal API with support for DirectX 11 for better speed and graphics for users. Prices below.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac also features Sidecar support with full Apple Pencil integration, including tilt, and a new Touch Bar pane for Apple Pencil 2 double-tap.

Highlights of Parallels Desktop 15 include the following.

  • DirectX 11 support: This brings more windows programs and PC games to Mac. Parallels Desktop 15 users can now run many Windows programs and PC games which didn’t run on prior version.
  • Play any Xbox Game in a Windows 10 Virtual Machine: Bluetooth Low Energy support in Parallels Desktop 15 enables Xbox Controller, Logitech Craft, IRISPen and some IoT devices (such as smart home appliances and smart bands) to be used with a Mac.
  • Seamless Mac and Windows Integration: Enhanced integration features that provide the best of both worlds on one computer so users can experience new levels of productivity.
  • Improved Performance: Users can enjoy up to 80% faster Microsoft Office application startup, 15% faster 3D graphics improvements, and a more responsive Parallels Desktop user interface.

The recommended retail price (RRP) of Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac is US$79.99 for an annual subscription, or US$99.99 for Parallels Desktop 15 for Mac Pro Edition and Mac Business Edition.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Mobius Gaming Headphones Gets New Colour & Head Gesture Technology

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

Audeze launches new “Team Carbon” colour and head gesture technology for Mobius Gaming Headphones in Singapore.

With materials originally designed for space applications, Audeze’s planar magnetic technology promises pure, accurate, high-quality, audiophile sound.

With materials originally designed for space applications, Audeze’s planar magnetic technology promises pure, accurate, high-quality, audiophile sound.

Audeze Mobius Team Carbon is available immediately at a recommended retail price (RRP) of S$629 (including GST) at authorised retailers including AV One, Connect IT, Lazada, Stereo Electronics and Treoo.com.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: D-Link EXO Series Mesh Routers & Mesh Extenders

Tuesday, August 13th, 2019

D-Link’s new EXO series includes smart mesh router DIR-2660 (AC2600) and DIR-1360 (AC1300) as well as mesh extender DRA-2060 (AC2000) and DRA-1360 (AC1300).

Four new smart mesh routers and extenders in the new EXO series from D-Link for a smart mesh Wi-Fi.

Four new smart mesh routers and extenders in the new EXO series from D-Link for a smart mesh Wi-Fi.

Users can choose between DIR-2660 or DIR-1360 to pair with DRA-2060 and/or DRA-1360 to form a whole-home WIFI mesh coverage throughout the home.

The new EXO series is powered by McAfee Secure Home Platform to protect all smart devices connected to the router and unlimited McAfee LiveSafe license protection to protect all PC, Mac, IOS and Android.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Samsung Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ For Singapore

Friday, August 9th, 2019

The Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019. Introductory promotions below.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ smartphones.

Following the global unveiling at Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 this morning in New York, pre-orders have commenced in Singapore at 3pm.

In Singapore, the Galaxy Note10 will be available in Aura Glow and Aura Black while the Galaxy Note10+ will be available in Aura Glow, Aura Black and Aura White.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

Samsung Galaxy Note10 and Note10+ accessories and their prices.

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Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note10 & Note10+ Phablet At Unpacked

Thursday, August 8th, 2019

The Galaxy Note10 (6.8”) & Note 10+ (6.3”) will hit the shelves on 23 August with enhanced S Pen and “pro-grade” camera.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Note10 & Note 10+ were unveiled this morning during Samsung Galaxy Unpacked 2019 in New York on 7 August at 4pm EDT.

The Galaxy Note10 starts at US$950 while the Note10+ starts at US$1,100, slightly more expensive than the S10 smartphone which ranges between US$900 to US$1,000.

 

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First looks and hands on the Samsung Galaxy Note10 (S$1,398) and Galaxy Note10+ (S$1,598/S$1,898 for 256GB/512GB respectively) which will be available in Singapore from 24 August, 2019.

The previous Note9 has a 6.4-inch display while the current S10 is around the same size as the 6.3” Note10 with slightly less screen size.

The new phablets charge via a USB-C port which doubles up as an audio port as the 3.5mm headphone jack is gone.

The Note10 has four cameras (1 front and 3 rear) – the three rear cameras comprising a 16MP ultra wide (123°), a 12MP wide-angle (77°) and a 12MPtelephoto (45°).

The front camera has 10 megapixels at 80° field of view.

The Note10+ has one extra rear camera (1 front and 4 rear) – the DepthVision camera.

The other cameras are the same in both versions.

The key specs for the Note10 and Note10+ are summarised below.

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New Arrival: StarHub Bundles ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 Router

Saturday, August 3rd, 2019

The new router (usual price: S$399) will be bundled free with StarHub’s new “Turbo Gamer 2Gbps” plan – a 2Gbps fibre home broadband service with no service activation and installation fees.

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 ASUS x StarHub launch event. (From Left): Desmond Soh (ASUS Singapore Country Manager), Anthony Wang (StarHub Assistant Vice President of Marketing), Yann Courqueux (StarHub Vice President of Home Product), Karl Chu (ASUS General Manager, APAC), Linda Chen (ASUS Business Unit Senior Director), Richard Chen (ASUS Product Director, Networking, APAC), Simon Tan (Nvidia, Director of Consumer Business, APAC South).

StarHub’s Turbo Gamer 2Gbps is priced at S$62.90 per month, with the first two months free.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi gaming router – ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 – is priced at S$399 but will come free with the Turbo Gamer 2Gbps subscription with StarHub.

 

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The new 802.11ac WiFi gaming router ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 from ASUS, offered in Singapore exclusively through StarHub.

Singapore customers – exclusively through StarHub – will be the first in Southeast Asia and fourth in the world to have it.

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Opening: Bountie Arena Esports & Gaming Venue In Singapore

Thursday, August 1st, 2019

The 6,600 square foot lifestyle venue will feature a 13-metre-wide high-resolution LED display and stage area for Esports tournaments and events, along with private training rooms and classrooms for Esports development.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

Bountie Arena has launched its Esports & gaming Venue in Singapore at Fusionopolis.

At launch, the gaming and Esports facility will charge a promotional price of just one dollar per hour for users to access its facilities – which include an Atari pong machine, a PlayStation 4, two Pandora Box arcade machines and over 100 high specification gaming desktops.

The promotional price is valid for the first 2 months of opening and will be revised after that period.

Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS) for the Ministry of Culture, Community and Youth and Ministry of Transport Baey Yam Keng attended the launch as the Guest of Honour.

More details below from the press release.

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