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

Sunday, 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 2017 Giveaway: LifeProof NËXT iPhone 8 phone case

Saturday, 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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New arrival: Western Digital launches 3 new storage devices

Tuesday, November 7th, 2017

Western Digital launched in Singapore today the WD My Cloud Home, SanDisk iXpand Base and SanDisk Ultra microSD 400GB. Capacities and prices below.

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Three new storage solutions from Western Digital launched in Singapore.

  • WD My Cloud Home: from S$249 (2-8TB)
  • SanDisk iXpand Base: from S$139 (64-256GB)
  • SanDisk Ultra microSD 400GB: S$459

Detailed price list below.

The three new storage devices are targeted at various facets of backing up and sharing the photos and videos captured by the numerous mobile devices that an individual or a household captures.

Details from the press release and price lists below.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: Google Pixel 2 XL phablet

Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

The new Google Pixel 2 XL phablet in the tech4xmas 2017 gift list not just because it’s the latest, but mostly because it’s up there among the best, and whoever you’re giving this to as a X’mas present is going to be absolutely delighted. Available in Singapore from 15 November, 2017.

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My take:

“The Google Pixel 2 XL has one of the best cameras I’ve tried among the flagship models of other smartphone makers and it does it with a single lens!”

Made by Google, the Pixel 2 XL ships with Google organic apps installed and most significantly, the phone will be the first in the market to receive Android updates from Google.

Having tried out the phablet, it truly has a superb camera.

The rear camera has a 12.2-megapixels sensor with f/1.8 lens while the front camera has 8 megapixels and a f/2.4 lens. Measuring 6.2 x 3 inches, the phablet comes in just black or black & white.

In fact, it has the highest DxOMark of 98 for its camera performance – higher than all other smartphone cameras today – and it does it with a single lens!

Photos turned out crisp and clear even in low light.

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The aluminum unibody of the Google Pixel 2 XL makes it water/dust resistant IP67 standards. That means the Pixel 2 XL – like the Apple iPhone X, iPhone 8 & 8 plus – can withstand immersion in water up to one meter for 30 minutes.

It offers the popular Portrait Mode, boasting background blur if you keep the background relatively far behind the subject you’re shooting.

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tech4xmas gift ideas for Christmas 2017

Wednesday, 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 (13 November, 2017):

As part of my tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway, I have one LifeProof NËXT iphone cover up for grabs on Instagram until Friday (17 November).

It takes less than a minute, so try your luck and score yourself or your loved one a LifeProof NËXT phone case for a X’mas present.

Update (12 November, 2017):

Looking for a X’mas gift for someone desperate to keep in rein the massive amounts of photos and videos clogging up his/her storage drives?

Check out the review for Seagate Backup Plus Hub desktop HDD.

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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: HP Inc. unveils new PCs/printers for Southeast Asia

Friday, October 27th, 2017

New products include Spectre, EliteBook & ZBook notebooks; desktop workstations; commercial VR solutions including the HP Z VR Backpack; A3 printers; and the fun Sprocket 2-in-1 instant camera/printer.

The latest line-up of PCs and printers were unveiled at the new offices of HP Inc. in Singapore at Depot Close.

Below are some of the latest products HP Inc. showcased in Singapore, with their availability in brackets.

  • HP Elitebook x360 1020 G2: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP Elitebook 1040: S$2,399 (now)
  • HP EliteOne 1000 AiO: S$1,899 (now)
  • HP Spectre 13: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP Spectre x360: S$2,399 (Nov)
  • HP ZBook x2: S$2,699 (Nov)
  • HP Sprocket 2-in-1: S$239 (12 Nov)
  • HP Z4 G4 Workstation: S$2,399 (Dec)
  • HP Z6 G4 Workstation: S$2,999 (Nov)
  • HP Z8 G4 Workstation: S$3,499 (Nov)
  • HP Z VR Backpack: S$4,999 (now)

More details from the press release below.

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New arrival: AirFree Air Purifiers that are filter & maintenance free

Thursday, October 26th, 2017

Hwee Seng Electronics launches in Singapore 6 models of air purifiers from AirFree. The air purifiers reduce ozone concentrations and destroy 99% of airborne allergens by burning microorganisms at the high temperature of a ceramic core.

The Lotus air purifier from AirFree, capable of covering 60 square metres of indoor space.

The purifiers are maintenance free as they do not use filters – as opposed to most HEPA-filter based air purifiers.

The heated air from the hot ceramic core is released back into the room through the top of the air purifier and cool air is sucked in through the air vents at the bottom of the air purifier because of convection currents.

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The BabyAir air purifier from AirFree, able to cover 21 square metres in the baby’s room.

As a result, the AirFree purifiers do not use a motor like in most purifiers that suck air through a HEPA filter.

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New arrival: Huawei Mate 10 & Huawei Mate 10 Pro smartphones unveiled

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

The new Huawei Mate 10 Series is based on the Kirin 970 AI mobile chipset; and comprises the 5.9-inch Mate 10 (S$888), 6-inch Mate 10 Pro, & Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10. Full pricing & availability to be announced on 26 October, 2017. Pre-order and registration of interest information below.

Update (26 October, 2017):

Huawei launched its Mate 10 series of Android smartphones in Singapore this evening.

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro (left) is slightly longer while the Mate 10 (right) is broader. The Mate 10 Pro does not have a home button, a headphone jack nor an external memory card slot.

Prices & availability for Singapore were released.

  • Huawei Mate 10: S$888
    • Mocha Brown, Black (28 Oct)
  • Huawei Mate 10 Pro: S$1,098
    • Mocha Brown (11 Nov), Midnight Blue (25 Nov)
  • Porsche Design Huawei Mate 10: S$2,298
    • Diamond Black (24 Nov)
The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The Kirin 970 in the Mate 10 Series was unveiled during IFA Berlin last month and is Huawei’s first AI (artificial intelligence) mobile chipset.

The new phones will sport Huawei’s EMUI 8.0 user-interface and new Leica dual camera technology.

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New arrival: Sony Xperia XZ1, XZ1 Compact & XA1 Plus smartphones

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Recently announced at IFA 2017, Sony Mobile is launching the Xperia XZ1 (S$898), Xperia XZ1 Compact (S$668) & Xperia XA1 Plus (S$498) in Singapore on 7 Oct, 2017.

5.2-inch Sony Xperia XZ1 Android 8.0 Oreo smartphone. S$898, 3D scanning, 19-megapixel Motion Eye camera for predictive photos & super slow motion videos, Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 CPU, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory, front-facing stereo speakers, 2700mAh battery. 2 colours: White Silver, Black.

All three Android smartphones can be pre-ordered from now to 6 October.

The 5.2-inch Xperia XZ1 and 4.6-inch XperiaXZ1 Compact are top tier smartphones and will be among the first smartphones in the world to ship with Andoid 8.0 Oreo.

The Xperia XZ Premium remains the Xperia flagship in Sony’s smartphone product line.

Media preview for the new Xperia XZ1, Xperia XZ1 Compact & Xperia XA1 Plus Android smartphones in Singapore. In the photo, Sony Mobile staff is doing a 3D scan of the model’s head using the new Xperia XZ1.

The two phones will feature continue the Motion Eye camera for capturing detail and super slow motion video, as well as a new capability to capture 3D scans of faces and objects.

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New arrival: 4 Canon PIXMA inkjet printers for photos & SOHO

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Canon has launched today 4 new PIXMA inkjet all-in-one printers. The TS9170 (S$329), TS8170 (S$299) and TS5170 (S$189) are photo all-in-one printers, while the TR8570 (S$289) is a business all-in-one printer. Available 25 September, 2017.

Canon PIXMA TS9170 photo all-in-one inkjet printer (S$329).

Hot on the heels of Epson’s launch of the rival’s L-series ink tank printers yesterday, Canon has launched four new models in its PIXMA series of inkjet printers.

Canon’s new lineup is skewed more towards photo printing – three out of the four new models are photo all-in-one printers while the fourth is targeted at small businesses and SOHOs.

Canon PIXMA TS8170 photo all-in-one inkjet printer (S$299).

Below are the details of the new printers from the press release.

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