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Review: Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder

Saturday, August 22nd, 2020

Initially launched in February this year, the 4K camcorder has just debuted in Singapore. The FDR-AX43 is now available on Sony’s online store at S$1,699.

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

Sony FDR-AX43 Compact 4K Ultra HD Handycam Camcorder for bloggers

The FDR-AX43 was developed for content creators and vloggers looking to produce footage that’s of better quality than that from a smartphone.

My Take:

Overall the Sony FDR-AX43 is an excellent camcorder for vlogger looking to improve video quality beyond that of a smartphone and desires an in-built gimbal for more professional footage, with good sound recording thrown in.

The camcorder is the newest member of a line-up that includes the AX33 and AX53, with its main addition being an in-built gimbal mechanism and its Balanced Optical SteadyShot technology for capturing smooth, natural and high-quality video footage.

So instead of purchasing and lugging around an external gimbal setup, it was a pleasure just using the compact FDR-AX43 during shooting.

When sitting down or just standing still, the footage came out totally free of shake.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

The flip-screen of the Sony FDR-AX43 can be rotated 180 degrees for taking selfies.

But it’s when you’re walking (or even slightly jogging) that the embedded gimbal does its magic, producing smooth footage that doesn’t look like an amateur Blair Witch Project.

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Weekend Revue: Kumuya – Rejuvenate Nutri-Serum Concentrate

Sunday, March 29th, 2020

So we’re in this period of great stress when everyone around the world is affected in one way or another by the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s something to “rejuvenate” the skin from the ravishes of life.

* Review submitted by guest reviewer, Jennifer Lee. This review was first published on Haleness Me.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

“Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate from Kumuya.

I came by a bottle of Kumuya “Rejuvenate” Nutri-Serum Concentrate and gave it to a friend to try out.

She was so pleased with it that she volunteered to write me a review for it.

Verdict

Oil-free Kumuya is surprisingly lightweight and wearable than most products I’ve used.

I like that Kumuya provides the added benefit as a plant-derived alternative to retinol.

So here’s something outside of tech for our reading pleasure on a lazy Sunday.

The Product

Kumuya Rejuvenate is a cream-coloured, gel-serum packed with powerful actives and micronutrients to stimulate and repair skin structure.

An anti-aging serum, it restores radiance and suppleness on the skin, reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production and nourishing the skin with vitamins and minerals.

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Review: Adidas FWD-01 Wireless In-Ear Sports Headphones

Sunday, March 22nd, 2020

Co-created by athletes, the in-ear headphones has been designed specifically for runners and is now available in Singapore (S$249).

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

“Wired wireless” in-ear sports earphones from adidas: FWD-01.

Launched jointly by adidas and Stockholm-based Zound Industries – the earphones combines the latter’s audio technology with the former’s knowhow in sports ergonomics.

My Take

A little bit pricey, the adidas FWD-01 is a pair of solid wireless in-ear headphones for runners, boasting decent audio quality, a long 16-hour battery life and the ability to quick-charge. What I liked a lot was its IPX4 rated sweat resistance.

On first looks, I like the ergonomic and minimalist design of the sweat-proof FWD-01, which weighs 26g and has a tangle-free cable that’s 47.5cm long.

The knitted fabric gives the earphones a nice shoelace appearance consistent with the fabric on some of adidas’ sports shoes.

The control buttons on the cord is easy-to-find and enables full control of all the basic functionalities of the earphones viz. play/pause, volume up/down, answer/end phone calls, power on/off or pair.

 

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Three control buttons on the right and an Action button on the left of the adidas FWD-01 wireless in-ear headphones.

An Action button is programmable (using the companion app) as a shortcut for up to three different actions, triggered by either 1, 2, or 3 clicks.

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Review: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic Luxury Sports Car

Sunday, March 8th, 2020

Having test-driven the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic for the past week – courtesy of Audi Singapore – I found the luxury sports car a thrilling ride suited for urban roads of Singapore. This is the conclusion of a two-part review following the test drive.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic hits 100kph in 5.9 seconds.

The front-wheel driven car is powered by a bigger 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that puts out 227bhp and 370Nm of torque, which is plenty light 1,285kg that the facelift weighs.

 

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The ride for the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic is firm, while the steering is light but precise.

Mid-drive acceleration is responsive especially in Sport mode with the maximum 370Nm at 1,600rpm.

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Test Drive: Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic in Singapore

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Tried out the Audi TT Coupé 2.0 TFSI S tronic last week to check out the latest facelift for the luxury sports car. This is the first half of the review, which concludes tomorrow.

It's been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt. The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the 2nd generation in 2006 and the 3rd gen in 2014.

This latest update to the Audi TT Coupé sees the new direct injection 2.0 TFSI engine with 230hp replacing the previous 180hp 1.8 TFSI.

It’s been more than 25 years since the Audi TT concept car was first showcased in 1995 at the IAA in Frankfurt.

 

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The design vocab of the Audi TT Coupé comprises geometric shapes, circles and strong lines. Managed to find matching environs to shoot the car.

The first Coupé premiered in 1998, with the second generation in 2006 and the third generation in 2014.

The latest Audi TT Coupé is now more masculine, progressive and sportier.

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tech4xmas 2017 gift ideas review: LG gram notebook computer

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

tech4xmas 2017 gift recommendation: One of few gadgets that totally blew me away and convinces me it is worth its high-end price tag. The road warrior would love to have this as his/her Christmas present. I know I would be absolutely elated!

My take: “The LG gram excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me - lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

My take: “The LG gram 14 excels streaks ahead in all four areas that are critical to me – lightweight, battery-life, startup-time, and external connectivity.”

Notebooks are such a commodity nowadays that you can get a pretty decent one that meets your needs at an affordable price.

The pricier ones are usually the flagship models of each manufacturer that, in my personal opinion, offer only marginal additional benefits for a huge surcharge.

And usually much of these additional features are in the department of styling and design that, as a pragmatic user, I don’t really care.

So when I tried out the 14-inch LG gram 14 (14Z970), I was pleasantly surprised to find myself planning it as my next purchase – despite its relatively high price tag.

Specs wise, it’s no doubt high end – gram is the only notebook series that LG sells in Singapore.

But what impressed me was how it really stood out in the areas that matters to me – and I mean really stand out!

Firstly, the light weight at 970g. I believe it’s the lightest notebook I’ve ever used, with its enhanced durability Magnesium alloy body.

It’s so light I took a double take when I first handled it – wondering if it was a plastic mockup, even though I knew full well it was a real functioning notebook.

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

Tuesday, 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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tech4xmas 2017 Giveaway: LifeProof NËXT iPhone 8 Plus phone case

Monday, 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 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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