Review: Soul ST-XS2 True Wireless Earbuds for Sports

July 11th, 2020

Ideal wireless earbuds for the fitness-conscious. Pretty design, snug fit, great sound quality. These were the earbuds of choice that saw my wife through the COVID-19 months and accompanied her on her morning jogs.

 

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The Soul ST-SX2 is the earbuds-of-choice when it comes to true wireless earphones for the sporty – delivering good sound quality, a snug fit and easy usability.

With COVID-19 lockdown all around the world, the only workout we’re getting nowadays are the weights and rowing machine at home, and the jogs around the neighbourhood.

No more swims or visits to the gym.

 

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I gave my wife the Soul ST-SX2 true wireless earbuds as a Mother’s Day gift – and she loves it!

I gave the Soul ST-XS2 to my wife as a Mother’s Day gift and she’s been stuck on them ever since – during her morning jogs.

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New Arrival: Canon Launches New Full-Frame Cameras & Lenses

July 9th, 2020

Canon has just launched two new full-frame mirrorless cameras in the EOS R lineup: the EOS R5 and EOS R6; as well as three RF-mount prime lens and its first super-telephoto L zoom lens. Price & Availability below.

Shoot high-resolution, professional-level still images and HDR PQ HEIF 10-bit video with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

Shoot high-resolution, professional-level still images and HDR PQ HEIF 10-bit video with the Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6.

The EOS R5 and EOS R6 are aimed at advanced amateurs and professionals, and are designed to provide a high-quality, high-speed shooting experience.

The four RF-mounted lenses are:

  • RF85mm f/2 IS STM
  • RF600mm f/11 STM
  • RF800mm f/11 IS STM
  • RF100-500mm f/4.5-7.1L IS USM

The three RF-mount prime lenses are fixed focal length lenses which will appeal to advanced amateurs, especially those focusing on wildlife or portrait photography.

The super-telephoto L zoom lens allows users to shoot even further with its focal length of 500mm.

Price & Availability below.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Releases Entry-Level Redmi 9 in Singapore

July 8th, 2020

Redmi 9 will be available from July 10 for S$218 (4GB + 64GB), at official Xiaomi stores on Lazada, Shopee and Qoo10, as well as through online and offline stores of Singtel, Authorised Mi Stores and other official offline retailers in Singapore.

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

Redmi 9 will be available in three color variants: Carbon Grey, Ocean Green, and Sunset Purple

The entry-level Redmi 9 touts major upgrades from its predecessor, including an all-purpose AI quad-camera set up, 6.53’’ FHD+ Dot Drop display, powerful chipset and edgy design.

Xiaomi boasts that the Redmi 9 is the first entry-level Redmi smartphone to feature an all-purpose quad-camera setup – able to take a quick snap, wide-angle group shot, close-up with details or portrait photos.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Sony High-Power Audio Systems MHC-V83D, V73D, V43D, V13

July 7th, 2020

The MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D and MHC-V13 will be available in Singapore at selected Sony Stores, Sony Store Online, Sony Centres, Sony’s flagship store on Lazada and selected authorised dealers from August 2020. Prices TBA.

The four new one-box styled models of different sizes are suitable for a variety of occasions. From left: Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D, and MHC-V13.

The four new one-box styled models of different sizes are suitable for a variety of occasions. From left: Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D, and MHC-V13.

Sony’s four new additions to its High-Power Audio Systems range introduces powerful sound with the new Omnidirectional Party Sound and Omnidirectional Party Light to create “incredible” atmospheres.

The Sony MHC-V83D, MHC-V73D, MHC-V43D and MHC-V13 expand choices for party lovers as well as families who prefer one-box styled systems with a smaller footprint and portable design.

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New Arrival: LG Launches 2020 XBOOM Go Portable Speakers in Singapore

July 6th, 2020

The new portable Bluetooth speakers of the LG XBOOM Go PL series comprises models PL7 (S$299), PL5 (S$209) and PL2 (S$109) and is now available in Singapore at all authorised retailers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

Although compact in size, the portable Bluetooth speakers have long battery lives necessary for convenient use anywhere. From Left: LG XBOOM Go PL5, PL2, PL7 wireless Bluetooth speakers.

The three new speakers in the series boast well-balanced sound, enhanced usability and a stylish new design.

Equipped with Meridian’s advanced audio technology, the XBOOM Go PL speakers promise high quality sound with deep bass, rich treble and clear vocals.

For a wider soundstage with detail across the higher frequencies, the PL7 employs dual tweeters, while all models promise good bass with the inclusion of Dual passive radiators.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Singtel Brings Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro to Singapore

July 3rd, 2020

Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro will be available in Singapore on July 10 at S$899 for the 8GB+256GB variant.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Priced at S$899, the POCO F2 Pro ships with the Snapdragon 865 Mobile Platform offering sustained peak performance, fast processing speeds, and a full-screen viewing experience.

Xiaomi is selling the POCO F2 Pro as “the Ultimate Flagship Killer” that’s tailored to tech enthusiasts, prioritising performance over frills.

The Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 is currently the most powerful 5G processor on the market.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Fact sheet for the Xiaomi POCO F2 Pro. Click to enlarge.

Paired with a Kryo 585 octa-core chip processor and Adreno 650 GPU, both offer 25% improved performance over their predecessors, promising performance for constantly connected users.

The powerful SoC is complimented with ultra high-speed LPDDR5 RAM and the latest UFS 3.1 storage, fast read-and-write capabilities for smooth operations.

With LiquidCool Technology 2.0, POCO F2 Pro sports the largest vapor chamber available on the market, along with multiple stacks of graphite and graphene.

This solution keeps the device cool, especially the SoC and the surface of the phone, and sustains peak performance even under heavy activity loads.
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Thematic Workplan (2H2020) for tech4tea.com: COVID-19

July 1st, 2020

Today is the beginning of the second half of 2020. Here’s the thematic workplan for tech4tea.com for the second half of the year.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 - centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

Thematic Workplan 2H2020 – centred around the “aftermath” of COVID-19.

The first half of 2020 has been ALL about something that began last year – COVID-19.

Unfortunately, the second half of 2020 looks set to be all about the pandemic as well.

The past six months saw countries all over the world reeling from the impact of a new disease – frantically learning about it and desperately trying to stem its spread.

The next six months will see countries continue their fight against the global epidemic- managing second wave outbreaks, racing to develop vaccines and cures, and emerging out of lockdowns to return to some form of normalcy.

Going forward, the “new normal” will be very different from the normal of pre-COVID days.

So the next half year will be all about living WITH COVID-19 – in all aspects of life.

For tech4tea.com, I’ve laid down a focal theme for each month in the second half of 2020.

Get in touch (johntan@tech4tea.com) if you have topics or products aligned with the above themes.

Here goes…

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New Arrival: Compact ASUS TUF Gaming A15 Laptop in Singapore

June 27th, 2020

The TUF Gaming A15 (FA506IH-GTX1650) is now available in Singapore at S$1,498 – at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

ASUS announces TUF Gaming A15 laptop for gamers in Singapore.

The new 15-inch TUF Gaming A15 laptop promises high-performance and dependability in a compact form factor.

Key features include the following.

  • Next-gen processors for on-the-go performance: The new TUF Gaming laptop A15 equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 4800H processors.
  • GeForce and FreeSync power high-refresh display: The NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650 and AMD FreeSync combine for smooth gaming a 144Hz refresh rate display.
  • Designed for both portability and durability: TUF Gaming is equipped with a more compact chassis and military-grade durability.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: Dell G Series Gaming Computers, Monitors & Keyboards

June 26th, 2020

Dell has announced for Singapore a slew of new gaming products including the G7 and G5 gaming laptops, Dell 27 gaming monitors and Alienware RGB mechanical gaming keyboard. Price & Availability below.

The G Series offers one of the broadest selections of gaming systems Dell has ever offered; reflecting the strong growth of the PC gaming industry and the big tent of gamers it welcomes.

The G Series offers one of the broadest selections of gaming systems Dell has ever offered; reflecting the strong growth of the PC gaming industry and the big tent of gamers it welcomes.

Dell has introduced a slew of new gaming products for the G Series.

The G Series is designed for gamers at every level, offering a wide choice of form factors, colours and configurations.

Price & Availability below.

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New Arrival: Epson Launches Slew of Business Printers for Singapore

June 25th, 2020

In its first virtual launch via Zoom, Epson launched a slew of business printers for Singapore, from desktop printers (L14150, L15150, L15160), office printers (WF-C878R, WF-C879R) to enterprise-class copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

(From Left) Epson’s new desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150) inkjet printers.

The WorkForce Pro WF-C879R and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers were launched earlier in May (see story here).

For today, the new printers were the desktop EcoTank B2B (L15160) and B2C (L15150 & L14150), as well as new multifunction inkjet WorkForce Enterprise copiers (WF-C20600, WF-C20750, WF-C21000).

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-C879R (shown here) and WF-C878R RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) multifunction A3 printers.

The new EcoTank L15150 and L15160 are compact, wide-format and multifunction A3 ink tank printers with the capacity for high performance continuous printing in both colour and black-and-white.

They are the successor models to the Epson L1455.

The EcoTank L14150 is a compact A4+ ink tank printer that offers scan and copy functions for both legal and folio size on its flatbed, as well as up to A3+ simplex printing via the rear paper feed slot.

The WorkForce Enterprise copiers not only cater to enterprises, but also to medium and large offices as well.

The new WorkForce Enterprise copiers bring improved functionality and usability from previous models, with an improved automatic document feeder (ADF).

It also comes with a new stapler and booklet finisher, that brings new features including saddle-stitching, hole-punching, stapling and stacking capabilities, delivering faster throughput speed.

More details below from the press releases.

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