Archive for the ‘Gaming’ Category

New Arrival: Dreamcore Launches Dream Machine Pro & Dream Machine

Friday, June 18th, 2021

The Dream Machine (from S$1,660) and Dream Machine Pro (from S$2,495) from Dreamcore are sleek and powerful desktop PCs with a small form factor.

Beyond good looks, the Dream Machine lineup from Dreamcore promises performance that punches above its size.

Beyond good looks, the Dream Machine lineup from Dreamcore promises performance that punches above its size.

The Dream Machine and Dream Machine Pro join the Dreamcore family of custom PCs that power gamers, animation studios, content creators, and advertising and media professionals.

Available in full customisation or pre-configured Dream Builds options, Dream Machine and Dream Machine Pro can be fully customised for users who wish to put together their preferred combination of CPU, graphics cards, motherboards, and other hardware.

For users looking for a fuss-free purchase, the Dream Machine and Dream Machine Pro are also available as pre-configured Dream Builds where users can choose a particular tier with customisable options.

Those who purchase a Dream Build can enjoy same-day delivery for orders placed before 4pm on weekdays.

More details below from the press release.

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#tech4WorkFromHome: Turbocharge Home Wi-Fi with Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

Want to improve the quality, speed and coverage of your home Wi-Fi for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning? I’ve been using the E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router from Linksys since its launch half a year ago and I’m very happy that it has delivered.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

The Linksys E9450 Dual Band WiFi 6 Mesh router to expand Wi-Fi coverage and performance for #WorkFromHome and #HomeBasedLearning, as well as for gaming.

I’ve been using a telco-provided router for years – it has served me well although it could not reach the study, the bedrooms and the garden outside – so Internet access has always been confined to the kitchen, living and dining rooms.

Beyond the reaches of the old router, we had to switch on the mobile data connections on our handphones and hotspot the data to devices (speakers and computers etc) without a mobile data connection.

You can imagine how frustrating and limiting (and expensive) that can be.

And as the number of Internet-lusting devices being used in the household began growing rapidly, connection quality began to deteriorate, with slow speeds and dropped connections occurring more frequently.

Which was why I decided to upgrade the old router with the Linksys E9450 WiFi6 EasyMesh Router.

To expand the coverage of my home Wi-Fi network, I deployed a 2-node (1 parent + 1 child node) mesh network.

This was because a single-node network provided roughly a similar spatial network as my old router, probably because it was a matter of physical topology due to the layout.

The optical network terminal (ONT) for Singtel’s fibre optic network is located at one end of my apartment near the main entrance – instead of the center of the entire apartment – hence the distance between the router (which is connected by wire to the ONT) and the bedrooms tend to render the Wi-Fi signals too weak for connection.

 

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I have a Network Attached Storage (NAS) connected (by wire) to the E9450 so that devices can upload/download files/photos and stream music/videos wirelessly via the Wi-Fi network. Another reason why I need a good Wi-Fi network with reach and performance.

So with a second E9450 router placed at the far end of the living room, the coverage of the Wi-Fi network was successfully extended to every bedroom – because the second router was located at the center of the entire apartment.

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New Arrival: Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One Wired Mouse

Thursday, April 8th, 2021

Dreamcore has introduced the SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse in Singapore. The fully customisable wired mouse is available from today onwards at S$89 on the Dreamcore Official Store on Lazada and S$69 when bundled with a Dreamcore PC on Dreamcore’s website.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The Dreamcore SuperSolid Gemini One wired mouse is designed for both work and play and is fully customisable in all aspects.

The SuperSolid Gemini One ships with pre-packed variable weights and interchangeable covers and buttons, with the following key features.

  • Variable weights: The mouse comes with 12 pre-packed weights, each at 1.25g, so that users can easily vary the weight of their mouse from 75g to 97g with a simple modification
  • Interchangeable magnetic covers: Users get a choice of a solid or a honeycomb cover. The honeycomb cover allows for maximised airflow, preventing sweaty palms regardless of heat and hours spent on the computer.
  • Interchangeable side buttons: The mouse is ambidextrous by enabling left-handed users to use only the buttons on the right side for intuitive and easier access, while right-handed users can use the buttons on the left side.
  • High performance: Top of the line 16K API Pixart 3389 sensor, ultralight and flexible FCC compliant paracord cable, and 1,000Hz polling rate for a lag-free experience.

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New Arrival: Lenovo 2021 Collection of Legion Gaming PCs

Friday, March 5th, 2021

Lenovo is launching today its 2021 collection of Legion gaming PCs and accessories. These AMD– and Nvidia-powered machines will be launched online and broadcast live across the Asia-Pacific at 8pm this evening. Prices below.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo’s 2021 collection of Legion gaming laptops.

Lenovo showcased the 2021 collection of Legion PCs to a select audience in Singapore in a sneak preview prior to tonight’s launch.

The collection comprises four new gaming laptops and two accessories.

  • Legion 7 (16″ AMD): S$3,999
  • Legion Slim 7 (15″ AMD): S$2,499
  • Legion 5 Pro (16″ AMD): S$2,399
  • Legion 5 (15″ & 16″ AMD): S$1,999
  • Legion S600 Gaming Station: S$149
  • Legion H600 Wireless Gaming Headset: S$149

More information will be added after tonight’s launch.

tech4xmas Gift Ideas for Christmas 2020

Tuesday, December 1st, 2020

We’re now into December and the final stretch of 2020. Here are some gift ideas that I’ve curated for Christmas 2020.

* I’ll be adding to this list over the next few days, so check back daily for new gift ideas as I collate them.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to 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.

The tech4xmas gift guide is meant to provide ideas to 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.

Around this time of year, I’m usually inundated with requests from readers and friends on Christmas gift ideas for their loved ones or themselves.

So here are some tech that I would use myself or get for MY loved ones, based mostly on those gadgets that I’ve tried or reviewed.

Not all are the latest and newest, but they are what I think some of the best-in-class in their category of products.

Happy Christmas Shopping!

tech4xmas Gift Guide below.

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New Arrival: Sony Xperia 5 II Smartphone in Singapore

Friday, October 16th, 2020

The Sony Xperia 5 II (S$1,349) is the most compact Xperia to date and focuses on photography, gaming and entertainment. Available in Singapore on 12 November, with pre-orders from 16 October with free gifts.

Xperia 5 II includes Photography Pro with technology from Alpha series cameras for fast and accurate AF/AE, Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” for similar parameters and colour settings as professional filmmakers and a 21:9 CinemaWide display for viewing pleasure.

Xperia 5 II includes Photography Pro with technology from Alpha series cameras for fast and accurate AF/AE, Cinematography Pro “powered by CineAlta” for similar parameters and colour settings as professional filmmakers and a 21:9 CinemaWide display for viewing pleasure.

The Xperia 5 II features a fast camera with technology from Sony’s Alpha series cameras, including Real-time Eye AF for humans and animals for portraits, and up to 20 fps burst shooting with continuous Autofocus that performs AF / AE calculations at 60 times per second.

Sony boasts that the Xperia 5 II will be the first in the world to offer 4K HDR 120fps slow-motion movie recording in a smartphone – it can capture and playback up to 5x slow-motion when recorded at 24fps.

Its immersive 21:9 CinemaWide 6.1” FHD+ HDR OLED display offers colour accuracy with Creator mode “powered by CineAlta”.

The phone is built for gaming with 120Hz Refresh rate display and 240Hz Motion blur reduction for smooth action, plus 240Hz Touch scanning rate and Touch response improvements by around 35% compared to previous model (Xperia 5) for accurate and quick gaming.

The Xperia 5 II has a 4,000mAh battery with fast charging.

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ASUS Republic of Gamers ROG Phone 3 Debuts in Singapore

Friday, September 18th, 2020

First announced earlier in July, the ASUS ROG Phone 3 is now available in Singapore. The 12GB/512GB version (ZS661KS) will retail at S$1,598 starting from today.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

ASUS ROG Phone 3 gaming smartphone available in Singapore from today: S$1,598.

The ROG Phone 3 will be available in Singapore on ASUS Online Store, ROG Experience Store Bugis, and selected authorised retailers.

The ROG Phone 3 comes with a one-year ROG Accidental Damage Protection Plan.

It’s an Singapore-exclusive and personalised after-sales service and support from ROG Experts.

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New Arrival: Xiaomi Mi Curved Monitor & Portable Photo Printer

Monday, August 24th, 2020

Xiaomi brings Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) to Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” (S$649) and Mi Portable Photo Printer (S$99) from Xiaomi are now available in Singapore.

The new Mi Curved Gaming Monitor 34” and Mi Portable Photo Printer are the latest additions to Xiaomi’s ecosystem of gadgets.

Both are available for purchase from today online at the official Xiaomi store on Lazada, and offline at Authorized Mi Stores in Singapore and through other official offline retailers.

More details below from the press release.

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Tech Focus: NUS Showcases InfinityGlove Smart Gaming Glove Prototype

Friday, August 21st, 2020

The InfinityGlove contains ultra-sensitive microfibre sensors that can translate hand gestures into in-game commands, allowing users to play first-person shooters such as Battlefield V without the need for a traditional controller or a keyboard.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

The InfinityGlove was developed by a team of NUS researchers led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck (left). With him are two members of the research team, Dr Yeo Joo Chuan (centre) and Dr Yu Longteng (right). Photo: National University of Singapore.

Simply flex your index finger to fire your weapon and rotate your wrist clockwise to move forward. Immersive controls have always been a pipedream in the world of gaming but is steadily becoming reality.

Editor’s Comments

This is an interesting and innovative project.

Currently each finger of the glove contains one microfibre sensor that can differentiate two states – straightened or curled – due to the difference in conductivity of the liquid metal within the fibre in the two states.

So the overall status of the glove should be readable as a five-digit binary.

Would be good to add one more to the wrist to include bending of the wrist.

And in the longer term, I can think of two ways of improving the resolution of the sensing.

One would be to implement multiple sensors per strand of microfibre.

Another would be to weave multiple microfibre strands to provide a matrix detection pattern for a snapshot of the state of each sensor.

That could probably come in useful as a grid sensor to monitor the distribution of stresses/deformation on a surface etc.

A team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS), led by Professor Lim Chwee Teck, has developed a smart glove – called ‘InfinityGlove’ – that allows users to mimic a variety of in-game controls using simple hand gestures.

While the concept of controlling a game using your hands is not new, the main problems have always been weight and flexibility.

The current generation of smart glove type controllers available on the market are usually bulky and rigid as they rely on conventional sensors which put the hard in hardware.

The InfinityGlove overcomes existing problems with weight and flexibility by weaving ultra-thin, highly sensitive microfibre sensors into the material of the glove.

These sensors are not only lightweight and accurate, but also fulfil the role of wires thus reducing the need for additional wiring.

Currently the prototype weighs about 40 grams, and is flexible and comfortable.

More details below from the press release.

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New Arrival: ASUS Latest 2020 ROG Gaming PCs in Singapore

Saturday, August 15th, 2020

Republic of Gamers (ROG) has announced a complete refresh of its gaming computers with new 10th Generation Intel Core processors. Prices and availability below.

The two-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (top left) headlines ASUS’ full family refresh, with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, 300 Hz displays and best-in-class thermals.

The two-screen ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (top left) headlines ASUS’ full family refresh, with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, 300 Hz displays and best-in-class thermals.

Striking new chassis designs and thoughtful quality-of-life additions raise the bar for gamers and content creators, while the latest Intel CPUs, NVIDIA GeForce RTX SUPER graphics, and custom Intelligent Cooling solutions set a new performance standard.

The new ASUS ROG Gaming PC lineup is now available in Singapore at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers.

The new ASUS ROG Gaming PC lineup is now available in Singapore at the ASUS Exclusive Store, ASUS Online Store and all authorised retailers. Click to enlarge.

The ROG 2020 collection is headlined by the ROG Zephyrus Duo 15 (GX550) and its unique secondary ROG ScreenPad Plus touchscreen, along with the refreshed ROG Zephyrus S15 (GX502) which is more portable and powerful than ever.

For those seeking e-sports glory, the ROG Strix SCAR 15 (GL532) is built for top-flight competition with up to NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 SUPER GPUs and 300 Hz panels.

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